BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he supports the decisions of several of his players, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, who have taken part in recent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stevens says he wrote a letter to his players letting them know he was with them and that he hopes the recent demonstrations around the country can help lead to healing and create sustainable change.
WASHINGTON (AP) — By current NBA standards, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld was not a “big.” But the 6-7 Unseld is being remembered for his dominance as a center for the Washington Bullets and for his contributions to the community. Unseld led his squad to NBA championship in 1978 and earned MVP honors. He and his wife Connie opened a school in Baltimore, where the Bullets, now the Wizards, originated. His family says he died Tuesday after “lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia.” Wes Unseld was 74.
UNDATED (AP) — All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo are among those that stage training camp elsewhere. The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled for the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 and will be the first two teams to report in late July. Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California, and Pittsburgh in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —The commission that promotes uniformity among state laws took another step toward crafting legislation allowing compensation for college athletes. A study committee recommended Tuesday that the Uniform Law Commission form a drafting committee to write legislation for states to adopt governing athletes’ ability to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL). Committee chairman and Idaho attorney Dale G. Higer says the recommendation requires additional commission approval before the drafting committee is formed.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — An investigation into allegations of physical and emotional abuse in the Rutgers University softball program has found examples of inappropriate behavior but stops short of imposing discipline on the coaches. The seven-month probe released Tuesday followed allegations that coach Kristen Butler and assistant coach Marcus Smith, her husband, fostered a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse. The report by an outside law firm found that Smith made inappropriate comments. It also found that Butler's conditioning program was demanding but not excessive. Smith has since stepped down. Butler and Smith could not immediately be reached for comment.