Foul Ball: The Biggest Controversies in Sports
History is littered with scum bags using their status as a platform for evil. Case in point: Penn State.
Using his position as Head Coach of the Penn State Football team as cover and his group foster home charity for access, Jerry Sandusky repeatedly sexually abused young boys for decades. What’s worse, it appears that many of the powers that be (Joe Paterno) were aware of and covered for Sandusky’s unconscionable behavior. Presumably because he was a good coach.
Thankfully Sandusky is in prison and will remain there for the next 60 years.
Donald Sterling is the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Er, rather… he was the owner up until he let his guard down and his racism show.
The scandal began in April of 2014 when TMZ broke an audio recording of Donald Sterling telling his wife to stop showing up to Clippers games with her Africa American friends. A poor decision from the billionaire considering that most of his (former) players were African Americans. What followed were player protests, celebrity protests, league protests, and eventually, Sterling was forced to sell the team outright.
Filthy Rich would be doing a disservice to all of you if we didn’t include the current Anthem protest controversy sparked by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
It all began when Kaepernick opted to kneel during the national anthem before a game in 2016 as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. The move inspired other players to do let their voice be heard. The protest took on a new life when sitting President Donald Trump berated Kaepernick et al for being unpatriotic.