A sports announcer makes an interesting excuse up for racist rhetoric and more in The Daily Rundown.
Blame it on the diabetes.
If you think you've heard it all before, thing again. In Norman, Oklahoma a high school sports announcer is under investigation after saying racist statements on the microphone that he thought was turned off. His excuse: Type 1 Diabetes.
Matt Rowan, who wrote a lengthy response identifying himself, shared that he was "embarrassed" and "disappointed" by his actions during the Norman High School girls basketball game. It's important to note that he called the players the N-word as they were kneeling during the national anthem, which is widely done to bring attention to social injustices against Black people in America.
"I will state that I suffer Type 1 Diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking. While not excusing my remarks it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful," he said in the statement shared by NBC News. "I do not believe that I would have made such horrible statements absent my sugar spiking."
Senator Raphael Warnock’s win inspires.
The Senate will be getting more diverse. Or at least that's what it's looking like after Senator Raphael Warnock’s historic win in January.
In the months since, there has been an influx of African American Senatorial candidates going out for the 2022 midterm elections — thought to have been inspired by Warnock's impact on the Deep South. As Politico reports, "a growing number have either launched formal bids or are seriously considering running in at least a half-dozen states."
“I think this idea that Black candidates can’t win statewide and young candidates can’t win statewide in difficult races was just disproven in Georgia,” Malcolm Kenyatta, a 30-year-old Black state representative who is running in Pennsylvania told the publication. “We have the Senate majority because a young guy and a Black guy helped us take the two seats we needed.”
Lebron James Becomes Part Owner of The Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox have a new partner for the team: LeBron James.
James recently become a partner in the Fenway Sports Group, making him part owner of the Boston Red Sox. According to The Boston Globe reported this Tuesday afternoon that James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter are now partners at Fenway Sports Group (FSG).
James and Carter own an undisclosed amount of ownership shares of FSG, according to the Globe. The Los Angeles Lakers star and four-time NBA MVP will become a partial owner of other FSG subsidiaries, including NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing, sports cable network NESN and Fenway Sports Management.