Chris Sale, a left-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, blanched at wearing the 1976 throwback uniforms his employer provided before his scheduled start Saturday evening. The White Sox said they would investigate the matter. Sale made national news during spring training when he cursed out team president Kenny Williams for banning the teenaged son of first baseman Adam LaRoche from the White Sox’s clubhouse.
The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Charlotte Hornets, who were in line to play host to next winter’s midseason event, and Michael Jordan, the franchise’s chairman and majority owner who had previously made it clear that the organization is “opposed to discrimination in any form,” issued a statement saying that they “understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” and “are disappointed we were unable to” keep the game in town.