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NBA Player Thabo Sefolosha Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against NYPD

A little over a year ago, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest by NYPD officers during an incident outside of a nightclub. Officers claimed that Sefolosha charged at them, which required them to arrest him, breaking his ankle and forcing him to miss the NBA playoffs after his right fibula was broken and ankle ligaments were torn, according to the New York Times.

After denying a plea deal, Sefolosha went to trial and was acquitted by a jury of all charges after just 45 minutes of deliberating. Now, the NBA player is filing a $50 million civil suit against the five NYPD officers who arrested him last April. 

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Steph Curry joins other NBA stars in gun safety campaign

Some of our favorite sports stars are redirecting their passion on-the-court to major off-the-court issues.

Through a partnership between Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun safety advocacy group, and the NBA, basketball stars like Steph Curry, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, are working on an ad-campaign to bring awareness to gun violence and the stories of gun violence survivors.

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Isaiah Austin on Life After NBA Dreams and Living with Marfan Syndrome

To be Black and gifted is a dangerous combination that this society fears. The news would have you believe that people of color, especially young Black people, are dangerous menaces to society. Here at BYP, we want to change the narrative and shine light on young, Black individuals who are helping change our society for the better. In this new Black Youth Spotlight series, our first interview is with Isaiah Austin, Baylor student and spokesperson for the Marfan Foundation.

NBA star Luol Deng responds to racist comments made by Hawks General Manager

 

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NBA player Luol Deng has responded to comments made by Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry.

Ferry, on a business call discussing whether to sign Deng, said that “[Deng] has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Deng’s statement was featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson resigns amid racist remarks

 

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson has agreed to sell the NBA team after offensive remarks he made two years ago came to light.

One of the team’s stakeholders demanded an investigation after the team’s general manager, Danny Ferry, recited comments regarding an NBA player. The investigation yielded the email, which contains comments about those who attend Hawks games.

Ray Allen calls out Florida police for handling of home invasion

 

NBA player Ray Allen is calling out the Coral Gables (Fl) police for their handling of a home invasion. A group of teenagers broke into the Allens home in the early morning hours of August 14.

Allen’s wife and children were in the home. Allen’s wife woke up to see the group of teenagers in her bedroom. She called security who then called the police. The teenagers were found, but they were not arrested or charged with anything.