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Bob Knight investigated by FBI after complaints of inappropriate conduct

Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight was targeted in an FBI probe after four women at an American spy agency alleged he had groped or touched them inappropriately in encounters before a speech he made in 2015, the Washington Post reported.

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Knight, 76, who won three national titles at Indiana University before he was fired in 2000, delivered a lecture on leadership to employees at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on July 10, 2015. 

Knight was accused of making inappropriate comments, hugging a woman tightly around the chest and hitting another woman on the buttocks, the Post reported, citing documents compiled by investigators and interviews with three of the women.

The allegations, made public for the first time, led to criminal investigations by the FBI and the U.S. Army, the Post reported. The Pentagon, Congress and other intelligence agencies in Washington also were alerted, the newspaper reported.

Knight was interviewed at his Montana home by FBI agents in July 2016, according to the report, which was part of a yearlong criminal probe. Federal prosecutors in Virginia decided not to bring charges against Knight, his lawyer told the Post.

“There is absolutely no credible evidence to support this in our opinion, these allegations,” Indianapolis attorney James Voyles told the newspaper. He added that the FBI agents “reported to their superiors that there was no basis for any further action, period.”

Knight did not respond to requests for comment. But in a text message to Post, his wife, Karen Knight, said: “Bob did nothing wrong and there is NO evidence to prove that he did. Case closed.”

Knight won 902 games in a head coaching career that began in 1965 at Army. After leaving Indiana in 2000, he coached at Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008. He also coached the U.S. men’s basketball team to a gold medal in 1984.

On an internal blog, some NGA employees objected to the agency inviting Knight, citing his controversial actions and comments during his career.

In 1979 Knight was charged with assault on a policeman while he was coaching the U.S. basketball team during the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Knight later apologized.

In a Feb. 23, 1985,  game against Purdue, Knight threw a chair onto the court after the Indiana coach objected to referees’ foul calls.

In April 1988, Knight was asked by NBC News correspondent Connie Chung how he handled stress. The coach said that “I think if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

Knight added that the phrase “was an old term,” and said that “The plane’s down, so you have no control over it. I’m not talking about that, the act of rape. I’m not talking about that, the act of rape. Don’t misinterpret me there.”

In 1997, Knight attacked and choked player Neil Reed during a practice. Knight denied the charges, but video of the incident surfaced shortly after Reed made the allegations in 2000.

Former Atlanta Hawks security manager sues; alleges racist practices

A former security manager for the Atlanta Hawks has filed suit against his former employer and the team’s vice president of customer service and security, alleging that “security measures were enforced, or not enforced, based on race” and that his firing was racially motivated.

The team disputes the claims, saying the plaintiff was fired due to poor performance.

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Samuel L. Hayes III filed suit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Among the allegations:

“On Aug. 26, 2016, Drake and Future (both of whom are black) performed at Philips Arena. Both Drake and Future asked to bypass metal detectors but their requests were denied. One week later at the AC/DC concert at Philips Arena, Axl Rose and Brian Wilson (both of whom are white) requested to bypass metal detectors. Their requests were granted.”

The suit lists other examples of what Hayes said was a discriminatory practice of subjecting black entertainers to more thorough security measure than white entertainers. Kanye West wasn’t able to bypass the metal detectors ahead of his Sept. 12, 2016, concert. Neither were Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, and D.L. Hughley before their Sept. 30, 2016, show.

Amy Schumer and her team were allowed to skip the measure when she performed on Oct. 15, 2015, Hayes said. Same for Adele. Katt Williams had to go through the metal detectors when he performed at Philips on Feb. 3, the suit said.

Hayes was fired, a decision he said in court documents “was based on race, including racial stereotypes, myths, assumptions, and preconceived notions of blacks (especially black men) as ‘angry’ and ‘aggressive.’”

The team disputed the allegations.

“Samuel Hayes is a former security manager at Philips Arena. He was terminated for poor performance and his claims are baseless,” said Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw. “We will defend vigorously.”

Warriors' Stephen Curry signs record $201M extension

Point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has agreed to a record five-year, $201 million contract extension, ESPN reported, citing the player’s agent, Jeff Austin.

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The two-time MVP is the first NBA player to cross the $200 million mark. Curry has led the Warriors to their second NBA title in three years.

Curry’s current contract had been a four-year, $44 million deal, ESPN reported. The eight-year veteran received a congratulatory tweet from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has played against the Warriors in the last three NBA Finals.

Curry, 29, has average 22.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game during his eight-year NBA career. He also owns a 43.8 percentage in 3-point shooting, which is currently the third highest in league history, ESPN reported.

Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Kalen Gilleese concedes that LeBron James is one of pro basketball’s greatest players, but he still believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is not in the class of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, his favorite player.

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So after the Cavs were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, Gilleese, who already sports a body full of tattoos, added a crying LeBron James face to his right calf.

“I think LeBron is in the top five of all time, but he’s not Jordan,” the Salt Lake City resident told ESPN. “I just get ticked off by everyone saying that. And I absolutely hate how LeBron flops.”

Gilleese said he bugged his friend, tattoo artist Preston Schooley, to do the tattoo for the last two months.

“After the Warriors won, I convinced him to do it on me,” Gilleese told ESPN.

“He likes to be a troll, and this does the trick,” Schooley told ESPN.

Gilleese said that whether people like or despise James, they are impressed by Schooley’s intricate work.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people that have seen it,” Gilleese told ESPN. “No matter what they think, they end by appreciating how well done it is.”

Cavaliers’ star LeBron James embraces the bald look

LeBron James, smarting after the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, has decided to take on a new look.

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King James, who has been compared to Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, took on MJ’s bald-headed look, showing off his shaved head on his Instagram account. James’ hairline has been receding for years, so he decided to take action, USA Today reported.

James is also back in the gym, hoping that his work ethic will pay off with the NBA title the Cavaliers were unable to defend this season.

Warriors deny reports that they unanimously declined White House visit

UPDATE June 13 at 3:30 p.m.: The Associated Press reported Tuesday that no decision has been made about the Golden State Warriors visit to the White House, according to a statement from the team.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the statement said, according to CBS Sports. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

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It didn’t take the Golden State Warriors long to decide to skip the traditional championship White House visit.

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Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night, the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the White House ceremony honoring their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to several reports, including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown.

The Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals title when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

The news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of their National Championship win over Alabama in January.

The Warriors’ rejection of the White House’s invitation builds on the sentiment expressed by several New England Patriots who announced they would not attend the Trump White House ceremony in April. Notable Patriots, who missed the April ceremony were Tom Brady -- who said he would not attend for personal reasons -- Legarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Danny Amendola.

Thirty-four Patriots were present for the White House ceremony to honor their Super Bowl 51 win, which was a similar number of attendees to when the Patriots won in 2004 and 2005, according to Patriots spokesman Stacey James.

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Photos: Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers to win NBA title

Kevin Durant scored 39 points, Stephen Curry added 34 and the Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three seasons with a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Finals on Monday night.

3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee added 3-on-3 men’s and women’s basketball to the 2020 Olympic Games, ESPN reported.

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There will be eight teams in each of the men's and women's tournaments of the half-court format, which was introduced at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

"The dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community," Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball governing body FIBA, told ESPN.

An urban Tokyo venue for 3-on-3 basketball could be announced when the IOC executive board meets again in Lausanne on July 9-10, IOC sports director Kit McConnell told ESPN.

Other sports added to the 2020 lineup include BMX freestyle cycling, men’s and women’s madison track cycling, men’s 800-meter freestyle swimming and women’s 1,500 freestyle swimming. There also will be a 4x100-meter mixed medley relay in swimming. 

Events confirmed Friday are in addition to decisions last August to include sports climbing, skateboarding, surfing, baseball and softball, and karate in the Tokyo program.

Taco Bell offering free tacos Tuesday after Warriors win

The Golden State Warriors “stole” a road victory on Wednesday in Game 3 in the NBA Finals, and that means free tacos in America next Tuesday.

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Thanks to the Warriors’ 118-113 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Taco Bell will give away free Doritos Locos Tacos on Tuesday, June 13 from 2 to 6 p.m., the fast-food chain announced on its website.

Taco Bell and the National Basketball Association partnered for a promotion called “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco.” The promotion rewards fans nationwide if any team “steals” a win on the road during the NBA Finals.

Golden State took a 3-0 series lead with its victory Wednesday night in Cleveland. Golden State won the NBA Finals against Cleveland 4-1 on Monday.

Woman posts positive signs outside LeBron James’ Ohio home

A Copley Township, Ohio, middle school teacher reacted with positivity days after Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized with racist graffiti.

ESPN reported that Jennifer Pennington placed numerous signs with positive words on them outside James’ home in Bath Township, Ohio.

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Words such as “hero,” “leader,” “humanitarian,” “role model,” “mentor” and “good Samaritan” were written on each big white placard.

Pennington told ESPN on Sunday that she placed the signs about 10 yards apart on the 32-year-old basketball players’ property in response to the N-word written on the gate to his Los Angeles home.

Related: LeBron James responds to hate crime at his LA home

“My heart broke when I saw the N-word posted on (his gate in Los Angeles) because that shouldn't be a word to describe anybody,” Pennington said.

Pennington told ESPN she posted about the idea on Facebook and decided to act on it once friends encouraged her. The English and language arts teacher at Akron Public Schools then traveled 15 minutes from her home to James’ neighborhood, where she spoke to a security guard on the property and told him what she was doing. She posted the signs on Thursday -- the same day James’ LA home was vandalized.

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“I said, ‘Hey, we’d like to put some signs up, but only if it's OK with the family,” Pennington told ESPN. “He said, ‘We’re not going to do any of that (here in the driveway), but you can put them across the street.’ So I said, ‘OK, sure.’ And then he was really cute. He said, ‘Well, actually, I probably should look and see what these signs say before I give the OK.’ So he looked at them and said, ‘Nobody should have a problem with those.’”

James has not publicly responded to Pennington’s signs , but he responded the vandalism at a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA finals.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is -- it's tough,” he said. “We've got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

Pennington, currently on maternity leave since giving birth to 3-1/2-month-old daughter Cecilia, told ESPN that James “is an inspiration to people,” and that she’d be happy if her daughter had the same qualities as the NBA star. She commended James for his work with Akron Public Schools

“I get to see firsthand the wonderful things that he’s doing for this community,”she said.

“Nobody in this world is perfect, but he is doing remarkable things. He is amazing,” Pennington said. “As someone who has the resources that he has, he holds his head up high. As a young kid, we watched him grow up, and the spotlight hit him and he handled himself with grace.”

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