Kevin Love: People were stopping to listen in to Russ digging into me. Russ always attracted a crowd, even then. He was smiling ear to ear. I could tell he didn’t necessarily mean it as a compliment. Before I could say anything, Russ went on. “Damn, how big are those Jordans?” He was already testing me. I knew I was going to like this guy.
Kevin Love: At night, Russ would jump up from bed and turn the dial way up — and then five minutes later I would sneak over and turn it back down. One time I offered a compromise — “How ‘bout 71 degrees?” “Seventy-three,” Russ replied. “Final offer.” See what I mean? Dude is stubborn. Over time, I got to see another side of Russ, too. Like the first time he talked to me about a girl named Nina. She was on the women’s basketball team. He would go on and on about her. Just last summer, I got to see Russ and Nina get married. That just about sums our Bruins team up. All these years later, we’re like family.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave Sterling a lifetime ban Tuesday, and fined the Clippers owner $2.5 million. Silver said he hopes that NBA owners will vote to force Sterling to sell the team. After Silver’s press conference, UCLA released a statement regarding Sterling’s gift. Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology.
Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology. UCLA has received numerous inquiries about an advertisement in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times falsely suggesting that it was UCLA publicly thanking him for the gift. The ad was placed by Mr. Sterling, not the university.
Howland alerted UCLA administrators of their conversation. That same day, UCLA administrators notified the NCAA, who launched an investigation into the matter in 2011. UCLA and the NCAA made multiple attempts to contact Honeycutt and Stazel at the time to discuss the allegations. Neither Stazel nor Honeycutt would talk to investigators. Still representing athletes and wanting to keep his behind-the-scenes dealings private, Lookofsky also declined to comment to the NCAA. The investigation was closed after four months. UCLA ultimately sent a letter of disassociation to Honeycutt and Stazel due to their lack of cooperation in the investigation. That letter withdrew any benefits Honeycutt may have received for his role as a former UCLA player. For example, he is not allowed to use any on-campus athletic facilities or attend sporting events as anything other than a member of the general public. The university also stated in the letter they would not accept any donations from Honeycutt or his family.
The way I heard it, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero called Musburger’s office, and talked to his son, Brian, about Jackson helping UCLA find a replacement for Ben Howland. Musburger put out a news release after I wrote about it and said I was wrong. I think everyone understands I am never wrong. I asked Guerrero on Tuesday if he had talked to Jackson’s agent. “A third party who is close to our program heard Phil was interested in helping us out on the search and would I call,” Guerrero said. “So I did. He indicated he might be willing to help as a consultant if we were willing to hire him.”
Musburger failed to mention in his release his son had talked to Guerrero about Jackson. It sounds deceptive now, but then he’s an agent. And an attorney as well. He’s also Brent Musburger’s brother — you know, the TV broadcaster who almost swooned when he spotted the girlfriend of Alabama’s quarterback sitting in the stands. Maybe it’s a family trait, the Musburgers sometimes going overboard. I don’t know.