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Michael Jordan Wins $8.9 Million Lawsuit Against Grocery Store – Donates Money To Charity

10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebrity Dinner In BESO At Crystals At CityCenter In Las Vegas

The grocery store Dominick’s – which closed all its stores last year – has to pay $8.9 million to Michael Jordan after using his name and brand in a steak ad without permission in 2009, Complex reports.

Arguing that it hurt his brand image, and doing this on principal, Jordan believed a law suit was the right approach. Upon hearing about the win, Jordan released the following statement:

I’m pleased with today’s verdict. No one — whether or not they’re a public figure — should have to worry about their identity being used without their permission. The case was not about the money as I plan to donate the proceeds to charity. It was about honesty and integrity. I hope this case sends a clear message, both here in the United States and around the world, that I will continue to be vigilant about protecting my name and identity. I also hope the size of the monetary reward will deter others from using someone else’s identity and believe they will only pay a small penalty.

ESPN sports business reporter, Darren Rovell tweeted the following:

Well, the moral to the story here is do not use anyone’s name and brand without their permission. And definitely not Michael Jordan’s.

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NFL Players Sport “I Can’t Breathe” Message to Support Eric Garner Protests

1cb2f3ce08f69330670f6a706700a6d6LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — A week after their “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” show of solidarity, several St. Louis Rams players made another societal statement Sunday with the message: “I Can’t Breathe.”

The slogan refers to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A grand jury decided last week that it would not indict the officer. A video of the arrest showed Garner gasping, “I can’t breathe.”

Guard Davin Joseph wrote the words on the cleats he wore during pregame warmups before the Rams beat the Washington Redskins 24-0. Tight end Jared Cook had it written on his wrist tape. Receiver Kenny Britt had several names — including Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin — written on his blue and gold cleats. The names were of black men or teens whose deaths led to protests.

“I feel like we should support what we feel is right,” said Joseph, who intended to wear the cleats during the game but had to change because of the condition of the slick turf at the Redskins’ stadium. “We should always have an opinion of sticking up for people who don’t have a voice.”

Joseph Tweeted an image of his shoes before the game with the message: “R.I.P. Eric Garner.”

Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush

Players at other NFL games expressed similar sentiments. Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush had “I Can’t Breathe” written in black across his blue warmup shirt. Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi wrote the message on the back of the shirt he wore before a game in Cleveland.

“Honestly, I’ve always been the quiet kid. I’ve always been the one who’s reserved, to kind of sit back and not really get into politics and things like that,” said Bush, whose mother has been a police officer for about 20 years. “But I don’t know why I just felt some kind of … I guess the situation just touched me.

“It’s kind of resonated with me. Not because I’ve been through a similar situation or because I’ve seen anybody go through it. I just really felt terrible about what was going on these past couple of weeks.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell supported Bush’s action.

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NBA Star Derrick Rose Donates $1 Million To After-School Program In Chicago

Derrick Rose, pictured at the Basketball World Cup earlier this month, says his donation will help kids reach their potential.
Derrick Rose, pictured at the Basketball World Cup earlier this month, says his donation will help kids reach their potential.

Nice move.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has donated $1 million to a program for disadvantaged teens, the team announced this week.

After School Matters provides apprenticeships for Chicago students in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.

“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” Rose, who hails from Chicago’s Engelwood neighborhood, said in a statement. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”

The Chicago Tribune noted that Rose’s high school, Simeon Career Academy, participates in the program.

Rose’s previous charitable contributions include the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

The guard has missed most of the last few seasons with knee injuries. The Bulls begin training camp on Monday for the 2014-15 season.

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Tyler Perry Helps Evicted Atlanta Family With Sick Teen Pay Rent

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A family that faced eviction upon returning from a Make-A-Wish event has new hope for a stable home.  Xernna Nieves said her family arrived home at their Stockbridge apartment to find an eviction notice. 

The family lives in the Ashley Woods Apartments. Nieves’ 16-year-old son has severe aplastic anemia and has already had two bone marrow transplants.  At the time, Nieves said she could not put into words what it would mean if she and her family of five were evicted.  “I have no place to go. I really have no place to go,” she told Channel 2’s Jade Hernandez Monday evening.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.46.41 PMNieves admitted she has had trouble paying rent and hasn’t been paying on time, but the apartment complex has always worked with her and in turn, she always pays rent.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation paid for her son, John Williams, to fly to meet Chicago Bulls basketball star Derrick Rose.  “I felt like I was a celebrity with him,” Williams said.

But his mother was snapped back to reality when she tried paying back rent for March and April.  “I was told that corporate office told her not to accept any more rent money from us,” Nieves said.  With her son’s illness, there hasn’t been a chance for her to bounce back or find a way to better the situation, she said.  “I don’t have access to public transportation. I don’t have a car. I can’t get around,” Nieves said.

Nieves said she receives no child support for her four children and she lost her job nearly two years ago.  An eviction would mean heading to a shelter and the mother says that would put her son at risk for a weakened immune system.

When Tyler Perry saw Nieves’ story on Channel 2 Action News Monday night, he reached out and offered to pay her rent for one year.  “Thank you. Thank you for watching the news when you did,” Nieves said.  He said he tried contacting the apartment’s management, but has not been able to reach anyone. 

“We appreciate it. It will allow me to get John back on his feet,” Nieves said.  The sheriff’s office had already scheduled Nieves’ eviction for Tuesday morning.

Nieves told Hernandez on Tuesday that the vice president of the company that owns the Ashley Woods Apartments called to let her know that they would accept Perry’s payment.  “It’s just overwhelming,” Nieves said.

Nieves has already started packing what items she had into plastic bags. Perry told Nieves his intervention had no strings attached.  “I just wanted to tell him, to thank him. My family and I, we thank you,” Nieves said. “He didn’t have to come in person to pay it.”

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Larry Drew Hired as New Head Coach of Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team new head coach Larry Drew speaks at a news conference Monday, June 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team new head coach Larry Drew speaks at a news conference Monday, June 3, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Larry Drew could have sulked during his last season in Atlanta, complained to anyone who would listen about being a lame duck despite a winning record and three straight playoff appearances. He never did. “When you stay in this game as long as I have, the most important thing is you don’t take a negative situation and keep it negative,” Drew said. “I thought I would get something positive of it.”

That came Monday, as Drew was introduced as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks six days after his awkward tenure with the Atlanta Hawks ended with the hiring of his replacement. Drew has a three-year deal with the Bucks, and the team has an option for a fourth season.

“I am very, very excited about being here, I really am,” Drew said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to put this group together as fast as possible, to making us competitive, to making sure these guys are in tune with each other. If I do that, chances are we’re going to be a pretty good basketball team.”

If not, he’ll have to answer to his uncle. Drew’s uncle, Norman Johnson, has lived in Milwaukee for 49 years, and he joined the coach, his wife and the couple’s two younger sons for Monday’s news conference. “I’ve been a Bucks fan ever since the Bucks have been here,” Johnson said. “I’m very proud of him,” Johnson added. “I hope he continues his good work. I think he will.”

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Happy 50th Birthday, NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan

Michael JordanMichael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, was born on February 17, 1963 and is a six-time NBA champion as well as six-time MVP with the Chicago Bulls.  He is currently the majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats and is considered the greatest basketball player of all time.  Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

To learn more about his life and career, click here and to watch him in action, click on the video below:

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

Michael Jordan, NBA Players To Raise Money For Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is joining NBA legend Michael Jordan and an array of basketball stars to raise money for his re-election campaign later this month.

The Obama campaign is planning a fundraising “shoot-around” and dinner in New York on Aug. 22 featuring several NBA stars, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and others. Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls, Obama’s favorite NBA team, and NBA Commissioner David Stern are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day.

via Michael Jordan, NBA players to raise money for Obama | theGrio.