Names In The News
Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair MARTIN DEMPSEY is "now a consultant to NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER and makes his rounds each year with five or six teams." Dempsey met with the Jazz "over the weekend" while they were in DC and then "spent several days with the Wizards." The purpose was to "share his philosophy on leadership from his 41 years of experience working in the U.S. military." Dempsey wanted players to "realize the influence they have in their communities, but also pass on lessons that could help them on the basketball court" (NBCSPORTSWASHINGTON.com, 1/14).
LEGAL MATTERS: Former Penn State football player ISAIAH HUMPHRIES has alleged that coach JAMES FRANKLIN "ignored violent, sexual hazing" on the football team that included some players "telling underclassmen, 'I'm going to Sandusky you.'" A lawsuit was filed yesterday on behalf of Humphries in a U.S. District Court against Penn State, Franklin and players DAMION BARBER, MICAH PARSONS, JESSE LUKETA and YETUR GROSS-MATOS. Additionally, Humphries "claims the perpetrators made references to former football coach JERRY SANDUSKY, who was convicted of child molestation." All of these allegations "would have broken Penn State's code of conduct, which explicitly prohibits hazing in all forms" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/15).
LATE-NIGHT LAUGHS: LSU's win in the CFP title game was a big topic in the late-night monologues last night, with NBC's Jimmy Fallon noting LSU QB JOE BURROW threw five touchdowns in the win over Clemson. Fallon said, "On one hand, he's the best player in college football. On the other, he's one step closer to playing for the Bengals." He also noted that PRESIDENT TRUMP was at the game and said the referees "used his tie to measure first downs" ("The Tonight Show," NBC, 1/14). Meanwhile, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel noted Browns WR and LSU alum ODELL BECKHAM JR. after the game appeared to be "handing out money to the players on the team, big wads of cash." An LSU official claims it was "fake money he was handing out, and everyone seems to have accepted that story." Kimmel noted he is "examining this very closely, and that's either real money or Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most notorious counterfeiters in the world" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 1/14).
NAMES: Walmart has "admitted that employees did not properly handle a portion of the Khalil Mack Foundation's donation" when Bears LB KHALIL MACK made "$80,000 available for families during the giving season." Walmart spokesperson DELIA GARCIA said that a foundation representative "allotted $60,000 for the layaway tab and $20,000 for store employees." While Garcia could not discuss specifics, she said that the company "discovered through an internal investigation that the donation was not handled according to company guidelines" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/14)....Two N.Y. Council members representing the Bronx, VANESSA GIBSON and DIANA AYALA, "plan to introduce legislation to rename" part of E. 161st street, from Yankee Stadium eastbound, "Jeter Street" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/15).
IN MEMORY: Former Michigan AD JOE ROBERSON died Monday at the age of 84. He served as AD from '94-97 and spent 31 years working for the school. Roberson promoted former Michigan football coach LLOYD CARR in '95, and hired current AD WARDE MANUEL to a position in the athletic department (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/15).