Apparently, it doesn't matter when someone has used a racial slur. If that person is a celebrity, such as Paula Deen, there are consequences regardless.
Deen's contract with Food Network expires on Sunday, and she's losing sponsors left & right, all because she acknowledged using a racial epithet when giving a deposition in response to a lawsuit filed by a former employee of one of her restaurants. I had read or heard that the slurs were supposedly uttered years ago, but it doesn't matter in these politically correct times. As a celebrity, you're held up to a higher standard as a role model of sorts. Predictably, there has also been much complaint about how African-American recording artists haven't been cited for using the same slur in their own lyrics.
Now, does that make any sense? Of course not. However, it's just a matter of time before the climate changes there.
Amazingly, the New England Patriots decided to cut bait and cut tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder. Couple Hernandez's departure with the persistent injuries plaguing fellow TE Rob Gronkowski, and, well, a roster spot does open up for Tim Tebow, who certainly isn't going to get too many snaps at quarterback. Tebow at TE? Yep. Maybe he can reward coach Bill Belichick by leaving a tract or two under his office door.........
It doesn't matter that the New York Mets are in 4th place in the National League East. A quick check of their interleague record says they're among the best in play against the American League so far, sporting an 8-2 record, with the only losses coming against the Chicago White Sox (they split 2 games in New York before splitting 2 in Chicago the last two nights). They still have games left vs. Kansas City, Cleveland, & Detroit. Could they play spoiler in the AL Central? Yep.
Speaking of surprises, the Tri-City Valleycats are off to their best start in recent memory, sitting atop the Stedler Division in the New York-Penn League at 8-2 going into play tonight, and a perfect 4-0 at home. Whodathunk? Caution, though, is advised, as others have gotten off to quick starts in recent years, and faded faster than New Coke. It's on new manager Ed Romero to maintain the momentum and focus if the 'Cats want to win their 2nd straight division title.
Ring of Honor Wrestling is in a difficult situation, as champion Jay Briscoe's contract has expired. The company did an injury angle at the tapings on Sunday to buy time while they negotiated a new deal for Briscoe and his brother, Mark, who challenged Jay at Best in the World last weekend. Rumors have them moving to the WWE, right in the midst of a challenging angle that has copied what WWE & TNA have done in the past. A disgruntled veteran wrestler, Steve Corino, is leading a maverick gang of thugs to try to destroy ROH from within. Ultimately, he will fail, because he's charismatically challenged, over the hill, and irrelevant to most of today's audience, who've seen this tired act before. At a time when wrestling needs something of an alternative to the dreck offered by WWE & TNA, ROH is suddenly falling right into line. Not good.
Finally, the folks at Men's Wearhouse have decided that company founder and former CEO George Zimmer, the man behind the catchphrase, "You'll like the way you look. I guarantee it.", was not a viable piece of the company's future, and terminated him last week. Zimmer founded Men's Wearhouse 40 years ago, and has been the frontman for their ad campaigns since I don't know when, and this is the thanks they give him? Instead of a gold watch or a new car and a pension, they pink-slip him and stonewall the media when they're looking for rationale behind the decision.
Edit: 4/12/14: Here's a vintage Men's Wearhouse ad with Zimmer:
Men's Wearhouse will suddenly lose a lot of business if they don't reverse field and bring Zimmer back with at least a mea culpa, a pension, and the gold watch. Otherwise, he can always take a line from David Lee Roth, and tell them, "I'll have a bottle of anything and a glazed donut to go."