Kareem AbdulJabbar Blasts Stereotype All Athletes are Cheaters Amid

(Wikimedia Commons)Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has heard about the Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloé Kardashian. He’s also heard people say that Kardashian should have seen it coming due to his athlete status and he wants folks to know that’s the wrong way to think.The retired NBA star explains the issue with boxing athletes as cheaters in a Monday, April 16 essay for Cosmopolitan, saying it’s still bad even if it doesn’t compare to making a sexist joke or buying into racist stereotypes.“This is a pervasive opinion people have of pro athletes — and not even the worst one,” he wrote of unfaithful pro-players. “But that doesn’t make it true or acceptable. Imagine how different the response would be if the comment were, ‘He’s Black.’ But athletes are expected to accept the insulting stereotypes, shut up, and dribble.“This offensive characterization is in no way on par with the much worse stereotyping of women, people of color, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community,” he continued. “But when we allow any prejudice to pass unchallenged, we endorse all prejudice. That smarmy joke about dumb blondes that a colleague tells at lunch demeans all women. That ‘observation’ about smart Asian students or gay flair or rapist immigrants endorses an environment of lazy thinking that carries over into other decision-making that is ultimately detrimental to society. When we hear casual stereotyping and say nothing, we collude in the detriment.”After acknowledging the role confirmation bias plays into pushing forward the notion that athletes are all cheaters, Abdul-Jabbar also admitted that sports stars from all kinds of games have had their share of indiscretions.“What makes the Khloé Kardashian situation more poignant — and more ripe for tabloid fodder — is that this is not the first time she’s been publicly cheated on, not even the first pro athlete to cheat on her,” he said, possibly referring to Rashad McCants, who claimed the cheating story was made up for TV.“Certainly, wealth, power, and fame give athletes, politicians, musicians, actors, and filmmakers more opportunities to be unfaithful to their spouses,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “But availability is no excuse for availing. Nor is it okay to use the bad behavior of some to characterize all. I’m not here to defend or condemn Tristan Thompson’s actions. If people feel the need to judge him, let them do so based on his behavior, not his profession or gender.”Meanwhile, folks on Twitter have been giving their take on the 71-year-old baller’s essay.“Right, so it’s our fault this stereotype persists, we make them cheat by our micro-aggressions,” someone said. “Got it. It’s a form of stereotyping, therefore a form of #racsim and so on, blah, blah, blah.”“Well they need to stop cheating so they aren’t stereotyped… if the shoe fits, buy a matching shirt,” someone else said.“Lol, but why isn’t this stereotype pushed on actors, musicians and politicians too?” someone else wondered. “They cheat just as often? Why not criticize the home wreckers, groupie, and gossip sites that take advantage of often false rumors to defame celebrities?” read more


Second generation Bahamian 13 Phillip Dorsett playing in NFL Superbowl for New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, February 4, 2018 – Minneapolis – Miami born and raised, 25 year old Dorsett who joined the Patriots in September is the son of Nassau man, Howard Dorsett and grandson to Exuma man, Thomas Dorsett (said to be from Williams Town, Ex).With the final score of 41-33, the Bahamian descent, wide receiver will have to settle for a loss tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles take Superbowl LII.#MagneticMediaNews#PhillipDorsett#SuperBowlLIIPhoto credit: MM fan Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PhillipDorsett, #SuperBowlLIIlast_img read more


Mauro Icardi downplays Real Madrid move

first_imgInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insists he’s far from done at the club yet, despite reported interest from Real MadridThe Argentine striker has been linked with Real for the past few months, amid their struggles in front of goal.Since leaving Barcelona in 2011, Icardi has become one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers with 117 goals in 200 Serie A matches.And Icardi has continued his fine form this season with 10 goals in 15 appearances for Inter across all competitions.Despite the talk of a move to Real though, Icardi’s sole concern lies with Inter’s 2018/19 campaign.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I don’t think this is the right time, given the results,” Icardi told Corriere dello Sport on leaving Inter.“I’ve always made my goals clear: first, to return to the Champions League with Inter, and we’ve done that.“Second, to win something with Inter. The [sporting] director [Piero Ausilio] has made a good team despite not being able to spend a lot.”Inter are third in the Serie A and in Group B of the Champions League – where they have just one game left to book a spot in the knockout stages.Icardi is contracted to Inter until June 2021.last_img read more


Samsung India to hire 1000 engineers for AI and other newage domains

first_imgA Samsung logo is displayed above a check-out counter at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on July 31, 2014.ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesTechnology major Samsung has stated that it would hire 1,000 engineers for its research and development (R&D) facilities in India, according to a PTI report.The South Korean company will recruit talents from top institutes like IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, Delhi College of Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology and IIITs.”Samsung is extremely bullish on R&D in India. We have been here for over 22 years. The three R&D centres in India work on several cutting-edge technologies,” said Dipesh Shah, Samsung global senior vice-president and MD Samsung R&D Institute India Bengaluru. Out of the 1,000 new recruits for the three R&D centres, about 300 will be picked from the IITs, he added.The company said in a statement that the newly recruited engineers are mainly for new age domains such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, biometrics, natural language processing, augmented reality and networks including 5G.Students who are not from computer science stream such as electrical engineering, mathematics and computing, applied mechanics, and statistics would also be recruited.Out of the total 32 R&D centres Samsung has across the world, three are in India: Bengaluru, Noida and Delhi. It must be noted that the Bengaluru centre is the biggest one located outside the company’s headquarters in South Korea. In Bengaluru centre, research related to smart devices, semiconductors, printers, modems, Internet protocols and networks is being conducted.last_img read more


Know who is most likely to help you at office

first_imgShedding new light on how status affects workplace relationships, a new study has found that workers are most likely to help colleagues who are moderately distant from themselves in status — both above and below them.“The sweet spot for helping seems to be those who are moderately distant from you in status,” said study co-author Robert Lount, associate professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University in the US.The study did not examine why colleagues who were moderately distant in status were most likely to help each other. But it may be related to how workers perceive their own status within the company, lead researcher Sarah Doyle from The Ohio State University noted.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Someone near you in status poses more of a threat” Doyle said. Those who are far above or below you in status could require a lot more time and effort to help, which could hurt your own job performance.Those colleagues who are moderately distant do not pose much of a threat and offer the best opportunity for workers to demonstrate their willingness to cooperate with their teammates. The findings appeared online in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries. The researchers conducted two separate studies — one in a real workplace  and both reached similar conclusions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the first study, 267 undergraduate students read a work scenario in which they imagined they were part of a 15-person work group in a large sales organisation.Participants were told that one of their group members was close to securing a large account, but was running short on time. The participants were asked if they would be willing to provide help, knowing that helping was optional. Results showed that participants were most likely to say they would help a team member who was moderately different from them in status.The real-world study was conducted in a large customer call centre. For the study, 170 employees completed an online survey asking a variety of questions.  Included was a question asking each employee to list co-workers who regularly came to them for help and co-workers whom they regularly went to seek help.In this real-world office, the finding of the first study was confirmed. Workers were most helpful to teammates who were just the right distance away as far as status goes —not too close and not too far. The findings might be useful when assigning people to train new employees.last_img read more