In the latest chapter of the NBA-Clippers saga, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is publicly attacking the NBA for attempting to force the sale of his team after racist comments Sterling made to his girlfriend became public a month and a half ago.
In a statement Sterling released to the press Tuesday night, Sterling says among other things:
"The NBA is a band of hypocrites and bullies. They will not stop until someone stands up. They have taken the liberty to desecrate my privacy rights and my right to own property. I have no doubt that they will continue to find new ways to violate my rights and the rights of any other person in order to draw attention away from their own discriminatory and repulsive conduct. We have to fight for the rights of all Americans. We have to fight these despicable monsters. THIS IS THE REASON I WILL NOT SELL MY TEAM." [CNN]
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to buy the Clippers in a deal that was negotiated with Shelly Sterling, Donald's estranged wife and sole trustee of the Sterling family trust. Sterling had seemingly agreed to the sale a week ago, only to suddenly change his views Monday.
Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling will be asking a judge for an expedited hearing on her takeover of the family trust, the Los Angeles Times reports, which has been pursued on the grounds that Donald Sterling is no longer mentally competent to make business decisions. Eric Kleefeld
Police in Scotland said two United Airlines pilots were arrested Saturday, suspected of being drunk before they were set to fly 141 passengers to New Jersey.
The pilots, ages 35 and 45, were arrested at Glasgow Airport, and will be arraigned Monday in the Glasgow suburb of Paisley, facing charges connected with Britain's transport safety laws, The Associated Press reports. The pilots were scheduled to fly from Glasgow to Newark, and United Airlines said the flight was delayed 10 hours while they found replacement pilots. United spokeswoman Erin Benson said the pilots have been "removed from service and their flying duties. We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."
Last month, two Canadian pilots from Air Transat were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated. Catherine Garcia
Beyoncé's "Formation" won Video of the Year Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
Beyoncé performing Formation, she slayed OMG https://t.co/UMGLkCwMeZ
— Joe (@CCFan007) August 29, 2016
Earlier in the evening, she won Best Female Video for "Hold Up" and Breakthrough Long-Form Video for "Lemonade," and she took the stage for an extended performance featuring songs from Lemonade. Beyoncé had a record 11 nominations, and "Formation" also won an editing award, cinematography award, and choreography award. On the red carpet, Beyoncé was joined by Mothers of the Movement, women whose children were killed in gun violence, as well as her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Britney Spears, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj also performed, and Rihanna received the Video Vanguard Award. Other winners include DNCE (Best New Artist); Drake for "Hotline Bling" (Best Hip Hop Video); Calvin Harris for "This is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna (Best Male Video); and Fifth Harmony for "All in My Head," featuring Fetty Wap (Song of Summer). Catherine Garcia
Last Week Tonight is on hiatus, but on Sunday, John Oliver showed up on the internet anyway to, he said, "do the most internet thing imaginable, and that is complain about superhero movies." Like every summer, this one had a glut of movies from the same old production companies, often starring the same old superheroes. "Now, each of these movies have their strengths and weaknesses — which will not go into because I would like to feel the touch of another human at least once more before I die — but I do think some audience members are feeling a little fatigued at seeing the same characters over and over again," Oliver said.
But "fear not," he added, "because I have a solution for fans who are looking for something beyond the Marvel and DC universes." Judging by box office receipts, that's not a huge number of fans, but Oliver offered up a new character anyway, and it's one he says he created in fifth grade. "By day, he is mild-mannered fifth grader John Olivier — not relation," Oliver explained, "but from the time school lets out until dinner, he becomes the, let's say, unconventionally handsome hero Johnny Strong." Since you are dying to know all about your new summer blockbuster swoon, Oliver walked us all through the first issue of Johnny Strong and teased the second, and you can watch below. Peter Weber
Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he will make a speech about immigration Wednesday in Arizona.
I will be making a major speech on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION on Wednesday in the GREAT State of Arizona. Big crowds, looking for a larger venue.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2016
Last week, he postponed a speech he was planning to make in Colorado on the topic. Early in his campaign, Trump said he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. On Wednesday, he said "there's no amnesty, but we work with them," adding that his policies "could certainly be softening, because we're not looking to hurt people." The next day, he told Anderson Cooper there's "no path to legalization unless they leave the country," and his plan is not "a softening. I've had people say it's a hardening, actually." Catherine Garcia
Most people visit Hawaii to lounge on the beach, soak up the sun, and bask in the beauty of the islands. A group of six researchers, however, voluntarily spent the last year living with limited resources on top of a Hawaiian mountain in near isolation inside a Mars simulation.
The group consisted of a French astrobiologist, a German physicist, and four Americans: a pilot, a journalist, a soil scientist, and an architect. Experts estimate a human mission to Mars could take one to three years, and the study, funded by NASA and run by the University of Hawaii, focused on the toll a long space exploration would take on a person. For comparison, the typical International Space Station mission only only six months.
Each volunteer had a small room with a cot and desk, and ate such bare-bones food products as powdered cheese and canned tuna. Kim Binstead, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, told BBC News that the researchers are "looking forward to getting in the ocean and eating fresh produce and other foods that weren't available in the dome." Catherine Garcia
President Obama's first campaign manager didn't hold back Sunday on Meet the Press, calling Donald Trump a "psychopath."
David Plouffe is now the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, but in 2008, he was part of the team that got Obama into the White House. "I mean, basically, we have a psychopath running for president," he told Chuck Todd. "I mean, he meets the clinical definition." Ticking off a list, Plouffe said Trump has a "grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse." He softened the blow a bit by admitting, "I don't have a degree in psychology."
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 28, 2016
Plouffe also said he doesn't think Trump's campaign strategy will pay off in November. "I think the assessment was that Donald Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated women," he said. "He's not." Because of that, Plouffe is certain the "race ends today," and Hillary Clinton is "guaranteed at least 269 electoral votes. I think it's likely going to be a landslide." Catherine Garcia
Juan Gabriel, the famed Mexican singer and songwriter who composed more than 1,500 songs, died Sunday at his home in California. He was 66.
His publicist confirmed his death, and the Los Angeles coroner's office said he died of natural causes. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that Gabriel, known as the "Divo of Juarez," was "one of the great musical icons of our country," and sent condolences to his family and friends. Born Alberto Aguilera Valdez on Jan. 7, 1950, the youngest of 10 children, Gabriel wrote his first song at 13. He was Mexico's top-selling artist, known for his ballads and mariachi songs, with his hits including "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You"), "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love"), and "Querida" ("Dear"). While trying to break into the music business, he moved to Mexico City and slept on the streets and in train stations, the Los Angeles Times reports. He signed his first record contract in 1971.
A six-time Grammy nominee, Gabriel was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1995, inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009. In 1990, he became the first commercial singer to hold a concert at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, until then reserved just for classical musicians. Proceeds from his three sold-out shows went to the National Symphony Orchestra. He performed around the world, with his last concert Friday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He was scheduled to perform Sunday night in El Paso. He is survived by four children. Catherine Garcia