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SBD/October 25, 2013/Media
Published October 25, 2013
BOMBS AWAY: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday "for the third time in three years ... sure sounded like he dropped the N-word on an ESPN program." Raissman: "Once was enough, but doing it again, and again, is inviting trouble, not only for himself but for 'First Take,' a show that’s been under scrutiny at ESPN and criticized internally." Smith and Skip Bayless on "First Take" were debating when Smith "got riled up and said: 'That’s the way it goes. That’s all! N----, please. Please.'" Raissman writes the day "may come, sooner than you think, when Smith’s denials fall on deaf ears and the suits, who don’t seem to hear these N-bombs, decide to draw the line" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/25).
NOW YOU'RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE: The NBA Kings on Thursday announced that they have "launched a Hindi-language version of the team website." The SACRAMENTO BEE reports the site "provides similar features to the regular team site, including player profiles, interviews, and game information." The effort is part of Kings Managing Partner Vivek Ranadive‘s "goal of making the Kings and NBA basketball a major attraction in India and in other Asian countries" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 10/25).