TIME Media

ESPN Suspends Reporter Britt McHenry Over Leaked Parking Lot Video

Britt McHenry, a Washington D.C.-based bureau reporter for ESPN, has been suspended one week by the network following the release of a video tape on Thursday in which she is seen berating a towing company worker. “I’m in the news, sweetheart,” says McHenry on the video. “I will f—— sue this place.”

In what appears to be an edited tape, the woman at the towing establishment then threatens to play the video of the interaction. McHenry is shown on the tape responding.

“I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this,” she says. “That’s all you care about, taking people’s money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that. Do you feel good about your job?… So I can be a college dropout and do the same thing?… Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?… I’m in television and you’re in a f—— trailer, honey.”

The video ends with McHenry telling the attendant to, “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

As of this writing, McHenry has not responded to an email from SI.com but did release a statement on Twitter:

“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” McHenry said. “As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”

The Busted Coverage website identified the worker as Gina Michelle and posted a piece on her here.

Prior to joining ESPN in 2014, McHenry worked as a sports reporter in Washington, D.C., at ABC7/WJLA-TV and at News Channel 8. She began her career in Washington as a community reporter and weekend morning-show anchor. McHenry earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and holds a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, where she was a member of the school’s soccer team.

At the time of McHenry’s hiring, ESPN senior vice president and director of news Vince Doria praised her newsgathering abilities.

“In a relatively short time, Britt has established a reputation for strong, aggressive reporting in the D.C. area, and an ability to land big interviews,” said Doria. “Her presence there will be a great benefit to ESPN’s newsgathering, and, as with all of our bureau reporters, she will be assigned to high-profile stories around the country.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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TIME Courts

Jameis Winston’s Sex Assault Accuser Files Lawsuit

Rose Bowl - Oregon v Florida State
Jeff Gross—Getty Images Quarterback Jameis Winston of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after losing 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in California.

Lawsuit stems form alleged assault in late 2012

The woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault in December 2012 has filed a lawsuit against Winston, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

According to the Times, the lawsuit is over claims of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.” It was filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District.

The accusers’s attorney provided a statement to the Times, calling Winston “an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants.” From the statement:

“Over the past two years, this survivor of sexual violence has had to endure a delinquent police investigation, a hostile FSU athletic department, and Mr. Winston’s bullying lawyer. But the more these forces sought to silence her, the more determined she has become to step forward and hold Jameis Winston accountable for his actions. With the support of her family, she is prepared for this fight and for the counterclaims and the smear campaigns that will surely follow.”

The accuser previously filed a federal civil lawsuit against Florida State university trustees in January.

Winston was accused of sexual assault in December 2012. No charges were filed, but in November 2013, the state’s attorney announced that it was opening an investigation into the accusation. The investigation was completed a month later, and again no charges were filed.

The quarterback faced a Student Code of Conduct case at FSU in December to determine if he violated up to four school student conduct codes. Winston was cleared by an arbitrator after a two-day hearing, which included Winston reading a five-page statement denying the allegations against him. It was the first time he publicly gave his side of the story regarding the allegations.

In October, a Fox Sports report based on its own investigation of the case alleged that FSU administrators and Tallahassee police took steps to “hide and then hinder” the Winston investigation.

The accuser discusses her allegations against Winston in The Hunting Ground, a documentary that premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Winston could be drafted No. 1 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL draft, which begins on April 30.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Basketball

NBA Will Begin Testing Players for HGH Next Season

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a press conference in New York City on April 13, 2015.
Alex Goodlett—Getty Images NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a press conference in New York City on April 13, 2015.

Three violations will result in banishment from the league

The NBA will begin testing players for human growth hormone, the league announced Thursday.

Testing will begin next season and players will be subject to three random, unannounced tests each year, in addition to “reasonable cause testing,” the NBA said. Two of the three tests will be administered during the season and one will be done in the offseason.

Players will be suspended 20 games for their first positive test and 45 games for a second failed test. A third violation results in banishment from the league.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with GQ in November that instituting HGH testing was a priority.

Testing for HGH was introduced by the NFL in 2014 and by MLB in 2013. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which handles Olympic testing, first began testing for HGH at the 2006 Torino Games.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told USA Today in 2013 that the NBA should consider allowing HGH use as a means to help players more quickly recover from injuries.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Football

NFL Reinstates Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson arrives for a hearing in New York City on Dec. 2, 2014.
Seth Wenig—AP Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson arrives for a hearing in New York City on Dec. 2, 2014.

He's "highly unlikely" to be suspended again upon his reinstatement

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated from the commissioner’s exempt list, the NFL announced Thursday.

Peterson may participate in all team activities, beginning Friday. He told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he was unsure whether he would participate in the Vikings’ offseason workouts.

“We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings,” the team said in a statement.

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Peterson “that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors,” the NFL said.

Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas in September for allegedly hitting his four-year-old son with a switch. After the indictment, he was placed on the exempt list and missed the final 15 games of the season. He pleaded no contest to a count of misdemeanor reckless assault in November and was sentenced to probation.

Peterson was still paid while on the exempt list but was suspended indefinitely without pay after his plea. Peterson’s appeal of the suspension was denied by an NFL-appointed arbitrator in December but a federal judge overturned the suspension in February. After the suspension was overturned, Peterson was placed back on the exempt list.

Peterson met with commissioner Roger Goodell last week to discuss his reinstatement.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported last week that Peterson is “highly unlikely” to be suspended again under the NFL’s revised domestic violence policy after his reinstatement.

There has been much speculation this offseason as to whether Peterson will play for the Vikings next season. General manager Rick Spielman and owner Mark Wilf have said they would like Peterson back with the team. Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly had a “heated exchange” with Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski at the NFL combine in February. Dogra also said in March that he doesn’t “think it’s in [Peterson’s] best interests” to remain in Minnesota.

Peterson is under contract for three more seasons.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Football

Family of Aaron Hernandez’s Victim Speaks After Conviction

Ursula Ward, mother of shooting victim Odin Lloyd, looks up to the heavens as she talks about her deceased son outside Bristol County Superior Court on April 15, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., after former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
Stew Milne—AP Ursula Ward, mother of shooting victim Odin Lloyd, looks up to the heavens as she talks about her deceased son outside Bristol County Superior Court on April 15, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., after former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

"It feels like a bad dream"

Odin Lloyd’s mother and other family members delivered their victim impact statements after former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2013 death of Lloyd.

Before Hernandez was formally sentenced, Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, addressed the courtroom.

Ward said called her son the “backbone” of the family and she forgives those responsible for her son’s murder.

“I forgive the hands of the people who had a hand in my son’s murder,” Ward said.

“I feel like I want to go into the hole with my son Odin,” she said. “I will never hear him say, ‘Mom, you’re so beautiful.’ I miss my baby boy Odin so much, but I know I’m going to see him again someday.”

Lloyd’s uncle and sister also spoke.

Olivia Thibou, Lloyd’s sister, said that writing her brother’s eulogy for his funeral was the hardest thing she has ever had to do.

She said that she went to text Lloyd on the phone after the birth of her daughter but realized he was not with them anymore.

“It feels like a bad dream,” Thibou said. “Every day I look at my son, and I know that my daughter never got to meet to him. I won’t ever see him again, but I have to go to his grave site and look at his stone to tell him that I love him.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Baseball

Red Sox Pause Game to Honor Boston Bombing Victims

The game was halted between the third and fourth innings at 2:49 p.m. ET

The Red Sox paused their game on Wednesday for a moment of silence to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

The game was halted between the third and fourth innings at 2:49 p.m., the exact time the bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh declared Wednesday, the second anniversary of the attack, One Boston Day. The Red Sox also honored the victims before the game. Several victims and first responders were in attendance and two men who lost legs in the bombing threw out first pitches.

Three people were killed in the bombing and at least 264 more were injured. The attack was carried out by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police and Dzhokhar was found guilty on all charges last week. He could be sentenced to death.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME swimming

Michael Phelps Will Aim for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Michael Phelps during a practice session in Mesa, Ariz. on April 15, 2015.
Matt York—AP Michael Phelps during a practice session in Mesa, Ariz. on April 15, 2015.

The swimmer's 6-month-long suspension for DUI arrest ended on April 6

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps said Wednesday that he will try to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to ESPN’s Wayne Drehs.

It is the first time Phelps has publicly committed to trying for the 2016 Games. One year ago, he announced he was coming out of retirement and would possibly target the Olympics in Rio.

Phelps is returning to competition this week for the first time since being suspended for six months from all sanctioned events. USA Swimming suspended him in October after he was arrested for DUI, and his suspension ended on April 6. He is competing in the Arena Pro Swim Series, which is being held April 15-18 at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Ariz.

As part of his suspension, USA Swimming and Phelps decided he would not participate in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. It was reported that he could possibly be reinstated for the event, but on Wednesday Phelps said he respects the decision of USA Swimming and will not compete in Kazan.

Last November, fellow USA swimmer Ryan Lochte said he had “no doubt” Phelps will be ready for the 2016 Olympics. Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, including a one-hundredth of a second victory in the 100-meter butterfly that SI captured with an underwater camera.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.


NBA Player Blames Police for Season-Ending Injury

The league is investigating the incident

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha released a statement Tuesday blaming his season-ending fibula fracture on the New York Police Department.

Sefolosha sustained the injury after being arrested along with teammate Pero Antic outside New York nightclub 1 Oak last week. Sefolosha and Antic were charged with obstructing governmental administration for refusing to clear the crime scene surrounding the stabbing of Pacers forward Chris Copeland.

In his statement, Sefolosha thanked his family, friends and the Hawks for their support, saying he is disappointed that he will be unable to play in the playoffs. He then said that while he can’t discuss details of the case, the police were responsible for his injury:

“On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law. I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police.”

Sefolosha was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Sefolosha was in a walking boot and on crutches when he addressed the media on Tuesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore.

In a video published earlier this week by TMZ, multiple officers appear to wrestle the man TMZ says is Sefolosha to the ground. An officer then brandishes a nightstick and appears to swipe toward the man on the ground.

The NBA and NBPA are investigating the incident.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Crime

Ex-NFL Player Suspected in Murder of Prison Cellmate

St. Louis Rams v Carolina Panthers
Joe Robbins—Getty Images Lawrence Phillips in 1996 in Charlotte, NC.

He is serving a 31-year, four-month sentence after being charged in 2005 with assaulting his then-girlfriend

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of murdering his cellmate at a California prison, prison officials said Monday.

Phillips’s cellmate, Damion Soward, was found unresponsive in their cell at Kern Valley State Prison shortly after midnight Saturday morning. He was taken to a local hospital and died Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. Soward was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder.

Phillips is serving a 31-year, four-month sentence for “inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft.” He was charged in 2005 with assaulting his then-girlfriend, choking her until she was unconscious. While being investigated in that case, he struck three teenagers with a car after a dispute at a youth football game. He began serving his sentence in 2008.

Phillips was a standout at the University of Nebraska, where he averaged 143.5 yards per game as a sophomore in 1994. During his junior season, he was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend, a Nebraska basketball player, dragging her down three flights of stairs.

Phillips was the sixth pick of the 1996 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was released by the Rams midway through the 1997 season and signed with the Miami Dolphins. Miami released Phillips after he was charged with assaulting a woman at a Florida nightclub. He played for seven different teams in five leagues and three countries.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Baseball

Watch Tom Brady Throw a Terrible First Pitch at the Red Sox Home Opener

His latest off-season headline might be his worst

Tom Brady’s latest off-season headline might be his worst: his opening pitch before the Red Sox’s home opener against the Nationals at Fenway Park on Monday was quite, quite bad.

One more time, from the stands:

Calling it a “one-hopper” even seems generous. The quarterback’s pitch hit the dirt about halfway through the left-handed hitters’ batting box and didn’t even get close to reaching the painted line.

Great scoop by Big Papi, though. And at least Brady took it in stride. Perhaps he’ll return to balling with Michael Jordan or to the Bill Belichick heart attack-inducing cliff diving. Or maybe a return to having his kids bury him on the beachwould be safer—for all involved.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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