"These workers are treated like animals, and dying like flies. It's been estimated that before the first ball is kicked in 2022, more than 4,000 will die" – ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, on human rights issues surrounding Qatar's stadium construction for the '22 FIFA World Cup ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 5/18).
"Churchill Downs needs to call Maryland to get a lesson in hospitality. Because these people right here, they've treated us like royalty" – California Chrome co-Owner Steve Coburn, on his experience at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (BLOODHORSE.com, 5/17).
"I don't think there's an element of weirdness" – Penguins President & CEO David Morehouse, on the public perception of the team's decision to fire GM Ray Shero and retain coach Dan Bylsma (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/16).
"He really won't weigh in on something like this. I'm not even sure that we'll talk to him prior to interviews" – Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, on whether G Kobe Bryant will influence the selection of the team's next head coach (ESPNLA.com, 5/16).
"If you're nervous, I understand. Seriously, there is no pressure here at all. If you drop it, it will not be on YouTube, I promise" – Broncos QB Peyton Manning, before throwing three passes to graduates while delivering the valedictory address at the Univ. of Virginia yesterday (Mult., 5/17).
"They're like, 'Hey, you're that union guy''' – Former Northwestern QB and undrafted NFL free agent Kain Colter, on being recognized by fellow rookies at Vikings minicamp (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/17).