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Jeremy Lin says he was called 'coronavirus' on court, denounces racism against Asians

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Basketball star Jeremy Lin said he was called "coronavirus" on the court in a social media post in which he denounced racism against Asian Americans.

"Being an Asian American doesn't mean we don't experience poverty and racism," Lin shared on social media late Thursday. "Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesn't protect me from being called 'coronavirus' on the court."

Lin didn't state when the incident took place. The G League is now investigating Lin's claim, ESPN reported.

Racist attacks have soared against the Asian community amid the pandemic as COVID-19 first emerged on the global radar in Wuhan, China.

Between March and December last year, the organization Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate recorded nearly 3,000 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents nationwide.

The 34-year-old athlete, who formerly played point guard for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, now plays for the NBA's G League team the Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.

Lin encouraged the public to speak up against racist behavior in his post.

"We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they're REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we're inherently unattractive," he wrote.

"We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles aren't as real," he added.

Santa Cruz Warriors officials did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday he wants the NBA to investigate Lin's claim.

"Really powerful. I applaud Jeremy for his words and echo his sentiments regarding racism against the Asian American community," Kerr said per ESPN.

Lin, who was born in California to Taiwanese parents, was the first Asian American player to win an NBA championship in 2019 when the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/25/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Philadelphia 111, Dallas 97
Brooklyn 129, Orlando 92
New York 140, Sacramento 121
Memphis 122, LA Clippers 94
Washington 112, Denver 110
Milwaukee 129, New Orleans 125

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Chicago 2, Columbus 0
Ottawa 6, Calgary 1
NY Islanders 7, Boston 2
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2
New Jersey 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)
Florida 3, Dallas 2
Tampa Bay 3, Carolina 1
Detroit 5, Nashville 2
Winnipeg 6, Montreal 3
Edmonton 3, Vancouver 0
Vegas at San Jose (Postponed)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gonzaga 89, Santa Clara 75
Michigan 79, Iowa 57
Michigan St. 71, Ohio St. 67
Illinois 86, Nebraska 70
Houston 81, W. Kentucky 57
Colorado 80, Southern Cal 62
San Diego St. 78, Boise St. 66
Houston at Wichita St. (Canceled)

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Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert dead after trafficking, assault charges filed

MattGush/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert, who led the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team to win gold, died by suicide Thursday after charges of human trafficking and sexual assault were announced against him.

Attorney Chris Bergstrom’s office, which represents Geddert, and the Michigan attorney general's office confirmed his death to ABC News.

“My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

Michigan State Police stated Geddert's body was located by troopers at the rest area near the I-96 highway in Clinton County at 3:24 p.m. Police would not comment on the cause of death and said the investigation is ongoing.

The 63-year-old coach was charged with 24 felonies Thursday in Eaton County, Michigan. He was accused of physically, emotionally and sexually abusing gymnasts he coached at his gym, Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale, Michigan, according to the complaint.

Geddert had been expected to turn himself in at 2:15 p.m. to the Eaton County Sheriff's Department.

His young athletes were allegedly subjected to “excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even while injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse, including sexual assault," Nessel said at a Thursday press conference announcing the charges.

As a result, the victims suffered eating disorders, suicide attempts and self-harm, Nessel alleged.

According to the complaint, Geddert was also accused of sexually assaulting a teen with his hands in 2012 and lying to investigators when he claimed that he never heard anyone complain about his associate Larry Nassar, the Olympic team doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing young female athletes.

In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars for his decades of abuse after more than 150 survivors and family members testified against him.

Geddert and Nassar worked closely for decades and both rose to prominence in the gymnastics world. Nassar worked with gymnasts at Twistars, where hundreds claimed he sexually abused them.

Geddert faced 20 counts of human trafficking and forced labor causing injury, one count of racketeering, two counts of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a girl under the age of 16 and one count of lying to a peace officer.

His lawyer did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the charges.

Geddert had been under investigation for three years, after victim impact statements shared at Nassar’s sentencing hearings claimed Geddert knew about the abuse.

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault, spoke out about Geddert's death Thursday, saying there was "so much pain and grief for everyone."

"To the survivors, you have been heard and believed, and we stand with you," Denhollander wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for telling the truth. What you have done matters. Please stay safe, you are loved and wanted here."

ABC News' Rachel Katz and Celia Darrough contributed to this report.

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Alex Morgan scores first goal for US Women's National Team since giving birth to daughter

Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty ImagesBy GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Soccer star Alex Morgan has scored more than 100 goals in her soccer career, but the one she scored Wednesday may be the sweetest so far.

Morgan, 31, scored her first goal for the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) since giving birth to her daughter, Charlie, last May.

Morgan's goal, her 108th in her career, helped propel the USWNT to a 6-0 victory against Argentina, which earned the team its second consecutive She Believes Cup title.

"First USWNT goal as a momma," Morgan captioned a photo of her goal in an Instagram story.

Morgan told Good Morning America last year that "taking a step back from soccer" while pregnant was "a little different" for her, but added that she was "enjoying it."

"I hope that she's born into a world that she can accomplish much bigger and better things that I'm ever capable of," Morgan told GMA at the time.

Morgan, who is married to soccer player Servando Carrasco, was back in action with the USWNT after taking time off earlier this year to recover from COVID-19, which she said she contracted while in California over the holidays.

Last year, Morgan relocated to England, where she played several games with Tottenham Hotspur Women. It was confirmed in December that she would be returning to the U.S., where she is a member of the Orlando Pride.

Morgan scored her goal Wednesday in Orlando, in front of her hometown fans.

 

Loved getting my first US goal at home in Orlando. Thanks for all the love this tournament. Back to work with @ORLPride now! https://t.co/975cdq2XFV

— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) February 25, 2021

 

She is not the only Pride player to now be playing as a mother.

Morgan's teammates, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger, announced earlier this month that they welcomed their adopted daughter.

The couple, who wed in 2019, shared the news on social media that their daughter, Sloane Phillips, was born on Feb. 12, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe gave Sloane a shout-out when Rapinoe scored a goal earlier in the She Believes Cup. After her goal, Rapinoe ran to the cameras and held her arms like she was cradling a baby.

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Report: J.J. Watt has received offers from multiple teams

Allen Kee / ESPN ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- It’s been nearly two weeks since the Houston Texans released J.J. Watt and already, the defensive end has reportedly received offers from multiple teams.

Citing league sources, ESPN reports that the biggest deal is believed to be worth between $15 million and $16 million.

Among the teams interested in Watt are the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN, although it is not yet known if the Browns have submitted an offer to the 31-year-old.

Watt, who was drafted by the Texans in 2011, requested to be released from the team and his wish was granted earlier this month. In his 10 years in Houston, he won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012, 2014 and 2015) and became the team’s all-time sacks leader.

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Shaq names his ideal 'Big 3,' talks new ad, NBA predictions

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Any former teammate of Shaquille O'Neal would likely tell you that having him on the court was the sports equivalent of a great insurance policy.

The NBA Hall of Famer told ABC News' Good Morning America that "trust and credibility were very important" throughout his 19-year NBA career, and now he's applying those values to a new campaign with a brand that's been by his side since college.

"In 1989 when I bought a used Ford Bronco 2, I didn't have insurance, went to all these places I couldn't afford, then I went to The General and they gave me an affordable policy, and it was great. I never had to use it," he said with a laugh. "But hey, I had the full coverage I needed."

Shaq first teamed up with the brand nearly a decade ago.

"I'm watching Maury Povich, 'cause that was my routine every day, and I would hear the jingle with The General commercial, and I said, 'Hey I'd love to let the world know about the quality insurance that your company offers' -- and we've been in a relationship every since," he said.

But now, the company known for its computer-animated ads is evolving its image with the help of the 15-time NBA All-Star and a couple of his friends from Inside the NBA.

Shaq said "it was a lot of fun" filming on set with fellow NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

"We had a lot of outtakes. But it's also great to tell your friends 'I told you so,'" Shaq said. "A lot of people look at the commercial and think they're too cheesy, but nope, they're quality insurance."

Thinking about other famous basketball trios, the four-time NBA champion said if he could build his own Big Three with any other players of all time, it would be "Me, Michael Jordan and Jason 'White Chocolate' Williams."

One real-life matchup on Shaq's calendar is his All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut. He's wrestling Cody Rhodes on March 3 in a mixed tag-team bout, "so I'm gonna have to beat him up," he said.

When asked about his training, he said "I can't tell ya, I'll just have to show ya."

Although the 2020-21 NBA "season is still young" Shaq said that "Utah, the Lakers and Brooklyn are all playing well."

Shaq will be in on the All-Star Weekend action and back with Inside the NBA on TNT for the second part of the regular season, but he said "there are about four or five teams in contention to become champions."

"I'm biased," he said after seeing the Lakers take home the title last season, "but I want to see the best players shine and the best team win."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/24/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 112, Houston 96
Atlanta 127, Boston 112
Golden State 111, Indiana 107
Oklahoma City 102, San Antonio 99
New Orleans 128, Detroit 118
Chicago 133, Minnesota 126 (OT)
Miami 116, Toronto 108
Charlotte 124, Phoenix 121
Utah 114, LA Lakers 89

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 3, Carolina 0
Dallas 3, Florida 0
Toronto 2, Calgary 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 3
Minnesota 6, Colorado 2
Arizona 4, Anaheim 3 (SO)
Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Arkansas 81,Alabama 66
Florida St. 88, Miami 71
Creighton 77, DePaul 53
NC State 68, Virginia 61
Tennessee 70, Vanderbilt 58

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No charges anticipated in Tiger Woods car crash

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesBy EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News

(LOS ANGELES) -- No charges are anticipated against Tiger Woods after he was seriously injured in a rollover vehicle crash in Southern California, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

"This is purely an accident," Villanueva said Wednesday via Facebook live, adding that there was no evidence of impairment.

The crash took place at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday on the border of Rolling Hills estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the sheriff's office said. Woods was the driver and only occupant, and no other vehicles were involved.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded and used a Halligan tool and ax to extricate him, Chief Daryl Osby said at a press briefing Tuesday. Woods was removed through a windshield and taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Woods was transported in serious condition, with injuries to both his legs, Osby said. Woods was conscious and able to communicate at the scene, Villanueva said at the briefing. He was unable to stand on his own, authorities said.

Woods underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital, officials said.

"Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Cente," Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said in a statement Tuesday night on Woods' Twitter account.

Tuesday night, Woods was reported as being awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room, the statement said.

The area of the rollover has a "high frequency" of accidents, Villanueva said Tuesday. The vehicle -- a 2021 Genesis GV80 mid-size SUV -- was found several hundred feet away from the center divider. There were no skid marks, and the amount the car traveled indicates it was traveling at a "greater speed than normal," the sheriff said.

The car hit the center median, crossed into the opposite lane and then hit the curb and a tree, Villanueva said. It also rolled over several times, the front end was "totally destroyed" and the airbag was deployed.

"Thankfully, the interior was more or less intact, which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash," Villanueva said.

Woods also was wearing a seatbelt, which authorities said may have helped save his life.

"I've seen fatal traffic collisions, so I will say it's very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this," Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was the first unit on the scene, told reporters.

The sheriff said the car was the corporate sponsor vehicle for the Genesis Invitational, a golf tournament that Woods hosted in Los Angeles last week.

The Lomita Sheriff's Station will be conducting a traffic investigation, which could take several weeks to complete, Villanueva said.

"When I arrived on scene, Mr. Woods was seated in the driver's seat," Gonzalez said. "I made contact with him, and I ensured that he was able to speak to me. At that time, he seemed as though he was still calm and lucid."

Gonzalez added, "I kept Mr. Woods calm. ... I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger, and that moment I immediately recognized him."

There was a second accident following Woods' crash -- "People being lookie-loos," the sheriff said -- that had no injuries.

The day of the crash, Woods was set to continue filming a GOLFTV and Golf Digest series in which he gives golf lessons to celebrities, Discovery said.

The PGA Tour said in a statement, "On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers."

Fellow golfing legend Jack Nicklaus tweeted, "We are deeply concerned. We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery."

Woods is second all-time in major victories, with 15, behind Nicklaus' 18.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump each sent their well-wishes to Woods in the hours after the crash.

"[H]ere's to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf," Obama tweeted. "If we've learned anything over the years, it's to never count Tiger out."

Spokesman and adviser Jason Miller shared a message from Trump on Twitter, which permanently suspended the 45th president following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!" Trump said in the statement.

Trump awarded Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019, and the two golfed together several times during his presidency.

Gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn, who previously dated Woods, tweeted, "Praying for TW right now."

ABC's Alex Stone reports for ABC News Radio:

 

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Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls for racial equality after NBA Finals incident

ABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- In 2019, when the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship title, the dream moment quickly turned into a nightmare for the team's president, Masai Ujiri.

ABC News' Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts sat down exclusively with Ujiri for his first interview since the courtside confrontation between he and a sheriff's deputy who shoved him and later sued the basketball executive.

"The game ends -- I hurried behind the benches to go and meet my wife. Found her, we hugged, cried, prayed. That brought a sense of calmness," Ujiri recalled. "There’s lot of chaos going on on the court -- I walk up and that’s when I actually got stopped."

Alan Strickland, the sheriff's deputy who halted Ujiri, was seen on body-camera footage shoving the team president twice as he reached for his credentials.

"I was confused, you're taken aback and you don't even know how to react," he said thinking back to the incident. "You just don't buy a championship in Walmart or something. It's something you’re trying so hard to do -- you’re trying to figure out, 'how do I go and celebrate with my guys?' -- You get this confrontation, and it confuses you."

Eventually, he was allowed to join his team on the court and players rallied behind him. But eight months later, Strickland filed a civil suit for monetary damages against Ujiri that claimed Ujiri was the aggressor and injured him.

Ujiri's lawyers filed a countersuit and called the deputy's account of the encounter "a complete fabrication" that ultimately led to the release of the body camera footage in August 2020.

"Seeing that tape, you are vindicated, you feel that yes this is the right story," he explained. "People said you punched a policeman, you hit his jaw, you punched his jaw and all kinds of things, you begin to doubt yourself. As time goes on, you start to actually wonder what really happened."

Both lawsuits have been dropped after nearly two years since the encounter, but now, Ujiri said it has reignited his push for racial equality.

"As much as we say this happened to me, it's worse that happened to other people, right. George Floyd -- I lost a moment, people lost their life," he said. "I say it as humble as I can, there are some people who don’t have privilege or job to fight this. They’re wrongly accused, no bodycam, nobody sees what happens, they’re incarcerated, accused or charged. We have to fight for them."

Ujiri worked his way up in the NBA, starting as a scout before eventually becoming the general manager of the Denver Nuggets and has held the coveted spot as Raptors team president since 2013.

The NBA executive, whose family is from Nigeria, is a humanitarian and has dedicated much of his career to philanthropy to empower youth in his homeland for nearly two decades with his organization, Giants of Africa.

"We want to teach basketball – basic basketball fundamentals of it and we want to find talent," he said. "They are incredibly young girls and boys who need a pathway. My job that the NBA has blessed me with I have to continue to do this – we teach the kids more life skills, being honest, on time, respect your elders and respect women."

As he continues to encourage the next generation to dream big, he said now he can move forward and hope for a future without discrimination.

"I want people to really think about humanity and who we are as human beings," he said. "It’s really important that we treat each other well."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/23/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Detroit 105, Orlando 93
Cleveland 112, Atlanta 111
Brooklyn 127, Sacramento 118
Golden State 114, New York 106
Philadelphia 109, Toronto 102
Dallas 110, Boston 107
Milwaukee 139, Minnesota 112
Denver 111, Portland 106
LA Clippers 135, Washington 116

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 4, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2 (OT)
Chicago 6, Columbus 5 (SO)
Ottawa 5, Montreal 4 (SO)
Nashville 2, Detroit 0
Edmonton 4, Vancouver 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Baylor 77, Iowa St. 72
Michigan St. 81, Illinois 72
Kansas St. 62, Oklahoma 57
Villanova 81, St. John's 58
West Virginia 74, TCU 66
Texas 75, Kansas 72
Georgia Tech 69, Virginia Tech 53
Mississippi 60, Missouri 53

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