Attorney Gloria Allred (center) is flanked at a news conference Wednesday in Cobb County by Kristeena Spivey and Clarence Watley. Spivey says she witnessed injuries Rasheedah Watley allegedly suffered at the hands of NFL player Brandon Marshall. Clarence Watley is Rasheedah Watley's father.
Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is calling for the resignation of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This latest chapter in the story of domestic violence issues involving NFL players has an Atlanta connection.
Allred’s call for Goodell’s resignation surrounds abuse allegations in Fulton County against NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall. In 2008, Marshall’s then-girlfriend, Rasheedah Watley, got a protective order against him. The next year, an Atlanta jury acquitted Marshall of misdemeanor battery charges.
Allred called for stricter standards for NFL investigations.
Civil Rights leaders are upset after the cancellation of a meeting they say was scheduled Wednesday morning between them and Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin. The leaders say they were supposed to meet with Koonin following recent racial remarks made by Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry and a racially charged 2012 email from Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson. The email led Levenson to announce he plans to sell his majority ownership within the team.
Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year.
The team did not provide any details of the discipline.
Atlanta's WSB-TV reported it obtained a letter from Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. which cites Ferry telling the ownership group that Deng "has a little African in him" and was "a two-faced liar and cheat."
The majority owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks is selling his interest in the team. Bruce Levenson says an email he sent two years was inappropriate and offensive towards the team’s African American fans.
Labor Day weekend, 2014 marks the start of the college football season for metro Atlanta fans. Georgia State broke a 16-game losing streak, while Georgia Tech prepared for a challenging season, and UGA was touted as a possible national title contender. WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a preview of the season for each team from I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta.
“It’s a very competitive culture particularly in the metro Atlanta for kids wanting to be in programs that are successful for recruiting purposes.” Horace Dunson, Head of DeKalb County Schools Athletics
In about a month, tens of thousands of runners will compete in the 45th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. This year’s race is the men’s and women’s national 10K championship. That means the winners will be Americans, which hasn’t happened since 1995.
Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah says the invitational portion of the race will be different this year.
The Atlanta Falcons plan to look at companies both in and outside the region when they consider naming rights opportunities for its future $1.2 billion dollar stadium.
During an event held by Bloomberg News, Atlanta Falcons Chief Marketing and Revenue officer Jim Smith said the sports franchise will explore several different kinds of companies as it looks for those to partner with for stadium naming rights.
Arthur Blank (center) receives a high five from fans after announcing that a new MLS team will be coming to Atlanta. Accompanying Blank are MLS Commissioner Dan Garber (left) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (walking behind Garber and Blank).
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced today that he will be the owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise team being awarded to Atlanta. The new team, yet to be given a name and a logo, will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium beginning in 2017.
Blank made the announcement Wednesday afternoon flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe. MLS streamed the announcement live (video below):
On or around April 16, 2014, Major League Soccer is expected to announce that Atlanta will be awarded an expansion franchise, to begin play in 2017 in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the major force behind the courtship of MLS. But Atlanta has had big-league soccer franchises before, including two bearing the name the Atlanta Chiefs, and two versions of the Atlanta Beat women's team.
Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 12:46 am
Eighth-seeded Kentucky will face seventh-seeded UConn in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history. Neither team was even in the tournament last year.
UConn roared past Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, and Kentucky pulled off a one-point thriller in the final seconds over second-seeded Wisconsin.
Tuesday is April 8. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 40 years to that date in 1974, we'd witness one of the great moments in baseball history.
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, eclipsing a record that had been held by Babe Ruth since 1935. Recently, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisited the event with WABE's Steve Goss.
For many decades, baseball had a reserve clause, which essentially tied a baseball player to a franchise in perpetuity. The statute fell into legal jeopardy, and a few wise men amongst the owners said, maybe we ought to toss these players a bone, before we blow the whole scam.
But the owners were arrogant and stood pat, and, soon enough, the reserve clause, kit and caboodle, was outlawed as, essentially, un-American.
Tiger Woods' quest to win another of golf's "major" tournaments has been put on hold.
Woods announced on his website Tuesday morning that "he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich."
The Atlanta Braves will begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, already hampered by injuries. The pitching staff has lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery for the entire year, while injuries and surgery will delay the start of the season for Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, and Jonny Venters.
So, who's left? That's a question WABE's Steve Goss posed to I.J. Rosenberg, president of the weekly sports page, Score Atlanta, and former long-time Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
In this photo from Mercer's basketball website, point guard Langston Hall (a Chamblee High School graduate) celebrates during Mercer's 78-71 upset win over Duke in the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The latest upset in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a Georgia connection.
This afternoon Macon’s Mercer University upset perennial powerhouse Duke University: 78-to-71.
More than 300 Mercer students made the trip to Raleigh, NC, for the game.
Sophomore Thomas Hannah is one of the “Mercer Maniacs,” a group of Mercer super-fans. He spoke to WABE just moments after the Bears’ win, telling us, “It’s hard to put into words what feeling we have right now. Just the school spirit, the pride, the excitement: everything is just incredible.”
Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am
Surely, "hustle" is the single most beloved word associated with sport. As color is to rainbows, as chocolate to the palate, as sweet nothings to love, hustle is to sport.
Hear it now:
Hustle up! Hustle down the line! Show us more hustle!
And oh, my, how often are you gonna hear this in the weeks ahead during March Madness: They gotta hustle back on defense. That, apparently, is the only way human beings can properly get back on defense.