A piece of metal, Racial Slurs, and NBA All-Star Weekend remembering Kobe

Spring training has started and the big story line is the lack of punishment placed on the players involved in the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal. The scandal led to a GM and coaches losing their jobs, but no players received suspensions. In the meantime, Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two years for violating the financial fair play rules. Both are unethical, but which has more impact on winning? Should MLB have placed a heavier punishment on the Astro’s and the players? Rob Manfred has been under a bit of scrutiny for referring to the World Series trophy as a piece of metal.

Months after being suspended for helmet thumping Mason Rudolph, Myles Garrett is now claiming that his rage came from a racial slur. He slightly referenced this immediately after the incident but it was then brushed under the rug and he was suspended. After serving his suspension and being reinstated by the NFL, Garrett had to open his mouth and reopen an incident that was slowly drifting away in the wind like that one lonely helium balloon that slips out of your hand. Coach Mike Tomlin strongly defended Rudolph, and with no hard evidence or players coming forward this is clearly a he said, he said incident. If Garrett is trying to justify the reason for his actions, why was this not a hard stand immediately after the incident?

On a positive sports note, the NBA nailed All-Star weekend. With the recent passing of Kobe Bryant, the NBA did everything to give tribute to one of the all time greats. Not only naming the MVP trophy in his honor, but making the fourth quarter a race to 24. Some casual fans may have tuned in for the memory of Kobe Bryant, but the changes may have been what the NBA All-Star game needed for the future.

You can listen to the archived show as heard on WXED 107.3 (Ellwood City, PA), The Mix 96.7 (Union City, PA), WLDJ 107.5 (New Castle, PA), WBPS 101.9 (Cambridge, OH) and Elevation Sports here https://www.dropbox.com/s/r9rrui2udxrhtgs/Hodgepodge.mp3?dl=0

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