September 23rd, 2014
12:49 AM ET

Inside the NFL's non-profit tax-exempt status

The NFL is struggling with scandal after scandal concerning domestic violence, brain damage from concussions of players, even questions about its drug testing policy, but did you also know that the league made $10.5 billion in 2013 and is run by a front office that is getting a pretty big gift from U.S. taxpayers. The National football League is a non-profit. Which means, while the teams pay taxes, the league does not.
You may be asking why? CNN's Drew Griffin is keeping them honest.
For more this story: Is the NFL skirting the tax man?

Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • NFL • Sports
May 21st, 2014
12:15 AM ET

Donald Sterling vs. Silver and the NBA

In a news conference Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is "doing the right thing" by forcing out LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. This came only one day after the NBA outlined their charges against Sterling and on the same day Sterling's lawyer demanded three months to respond. "The proceedings and the processes set out in our constitution is something they signed on for when they became owners in the league," said Silver. The commissioner expressed confidence in the NBA's ability to force Sterling into selling the franchise, which he has owned since 1981.

Anderson discussed the NBA's legal tactics and what Sterling might do next with host of CNN's Unguarded, Rachel Nichols and CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin.

Filed under: Donald Sterling • Jeffrey Toobin • NBA • Rachel Nichols • Sports • Sunny Hostin
May 28th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Was new Rutgers athletics head abusive?

On paper, the former University of Tennessee women's volleyball head coach looks like the type of visionary Rutgers needs to help its athletic program recover after a scandal at the school in April. But claims about her past paint a different picture about her leadership abilities.

Women who played on Julie Hermann's team 16 years ago are coming forward with allegations that could undermine her work before she even begins the new job.

In 1996, the team wrote a letter outlining the unbearable "mental cruelty" she inflicted, and accusing their coach of calling them "whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled." The letter was published Sunday in Newark's "Star- Ledger" newspaper.


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May 27th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Former player: Hermann called us whores

Kelly Hanlon Dow was on a University of Tennessee volleyball team coached by Rutgers University's new Athletic Director Julie Hermann in the 1990s. Hanlon Dow tells Anderson Cooper that Hermann was abusive to her and the other players. "I never understood the motivation when she was screaming at us and calling us names," she says.

The accusations about Hermann's past are making headlines now because she was recently hired to help the Rutgers' athletic program recover from  a scandal involving the treatment of players by basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired in April and the previous athletic director, Tim Pernetti, resigned after video surfaced showing the coach's behavior during practice.


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May 27th, 2013
10:13 PM ET

Accusations of coach's 'mental cruelty'

Rutgers University’s new athletic director is denying allegations that she was abusive to volleyball players at the University of Tennessee in the 1990s. Julie Hermann says she was an “intense” coach, but not abusive. Anderson Cooper speaks with Craig Wolff, the Newark Star Ledger reporter who broke the story, and Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports.

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Filed under: Rachel Nichols • Sports
April 30th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Former pro soccer player explains why he hid being gay

On Monday NBA player Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete playing for an American pro sports team. The center who played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last year made the announcement in an essay he wrote for Sports Illustrated. “By its nature, my double life has kept me from getting close to any of my teammates,” wrote Collins.

About two months ago, former professional soccer star Robbie Rogers also revealed a personal secret in a letter he posted online. It began, "For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations."

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Rogers talks about the pain of living his life without family, friends and teammates knowing he is gay. He tried to embody the stereotypical macho athlete to avoid raising suspicions. "I went through the motions of having relationships and trying to convince people that I was straight." Even when he considered coming out, he was scared by the anti-gay jokes and slurs he heard in the locker room.


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Filed under: 360° Interview • Gay & Lesbian Issues • Sports
April 29th, 2013
10:41 PM ET

Barkley: Jason Collins will open debate

Charles Barkley, Emeka Okafor and Kenny Smith discuss Jason Collins, the first active pro player to come out and its impact on the NBA.

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April 5th, 2013
09:40 PM ET

Will gay NFL players come out publicly?

Equal rights advocate and pro athlete Brendon Ayanbadejo talks about overcoming barriers and accepting gay athletes.

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Filed under: Gay Rights • Sports
February 1st, 2013
10:16 PM ET

Man behind Te'o hoax portrays girlfriend's voice

To prove it was him pretending to be a woman in voicemails received by Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo had his voice analyzed.

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January 30th, 2013
10:06 PM ET

Dark history of Ravens' Ray Lewis

CNN's Ed Lavandera looks back at the murder case that could have disrupted Ray Lewis' career 13 years ago. He plans to retire after he plays in the Super Bowl for the Ravens this Sunday.

In his first interview on camera since the night two men were killed, Reginald Oakley spoke with Lavandera about the incident. He's selling a book about the deadly confrontation he and Lewis had with the victims after leaving a club.

"From my point of view, you know, I think it was self defense," said Oakley who was acquitted of murder.

Lavandera also spoke with Lewis' lawyer about the white suit Lewis was wearing during the fight - it has never been recovered.

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