MBB : Cohen: Boeheim’s apology for insensitive comments on allegations comes too late

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It’s about time the finger was pointed in the right direction.The three self-inflicted jabs at his own chest during the press conference after Syracuse knocked off No. 10 Florida finally expressed the sentiments long overdue from Jim Boeheim.‘I believe I have misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made,’ Boeheim said. ‘I shouldn’t have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused. It was insensitive to the individuals involved and especially to the overall issue of child abuse.’As Boeheim read from a written statement Friday night — doing so for the second time in as many games — his words seemed sincere. Speaking slowly and with clear difficulty following Syracuse’s 72-68 win over the Gators, Boeheim issued an apology for his comments made ‘without thinking’ last week following allegations of sexual abuse against then-associate head coach Bernie Fine.He was sorry for calling Bobby Davis and Mike Lang — both of whom were former SU ball boys when Fine began allegedly molesting them — liars. He was sorry he spouted off at the mouth and said they were only looking for money in the wake of the Penn State scandal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI’m sorry, too. I’m sorry his apology is eons too late.Let’s put aside the fact that Boeheim’s baseless comments never should have been uttered to begin with. That goes without saying.But Boeheim had since Sunday, when Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor made the decision to fire Fine, to step forward and publicly state that his remarks were ludicrous. That he didn’t seem pompous. Like he wasn’t capable of admitting his brash insensitivity.The chances have been there, too. The statement Boeheim issued following Fine’s firing said he regrets any comments that ‘might have inhibited’ anyone with information from coming forward or that ‘might have’ been insensitive to victims of abuse.Then, after Tuesday’s game against Eastern Michigan, it was Boeheim saying his statements were made based on the information he knew at the time.Never did he take full responsibility for speaking brazenly about the plight of alleged victims of whom he knew nothing about.‘What I said last week was out of loyalty,’ Boeheim said. ‘I reacted without thinking. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I’m trying to learn from my mistake, and this has been hard for me.’Boeheim said after the game against Florida that he spent Thursday afternoon at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse talking with the director and several other people at the nonprofit organization dedicated to putting a stop to child abuse.He vowed to do more going forward to help raise awareness and get the message out about child abuse. He said the issue of abuse is the ‘No. 1 thing’ that the Syracuse community should be concerned with.And that’s all great. It’s great that Boeheim finally seems to get it. His words seemed genuine. And his tone of voice relayed a message indicative of legitimate introspection. Kris Joseph attested to that. Having been around Boeheim for four years, he said any apology from the head coach must have been real.‘If he apologized, it’s because he really meant it,’ Joseph said. ‘He’s loyal, he’s an honest man. So if he said it, then he meant it.’But the fact remains that Boeheim will never be able to go back in time. He cannot take back what he said, and he cannot undo any emotional damage the remarks may have caused to the accusers.He said the situation has been ‘everything’ for him this week and admitted that he didn’t really think about Friday’s game in the days leading up to it. He could focus in practice, he said, but outside the gym it consumed him.As he did during his press conference Tuesday, Boeheim repeated that his forthcoming remarks were of his own desire, that no one from the university or elsewhere told him what to say or to say anything at all.But it appears that maybe it’s time for someone to realize that Boeheim must be controlled.No one shushed him last week, and we saw the results. No one made him apologize this week, and by the time he chose to do so, it was beyond late.Boeheim has admitted that sometimes he says more than people would like him to. Isn’t that enough of a cue for someone to step in?‘I think in the comments it shows what I’ve learned,’ Boeheim said.We’ll see.Michael Cohen is the sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.  Published on December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Joel Embiid has concussion, needs surgery on orbital fracture

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, lies not he court after an injury during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion.There was no timetable Thursday on how long Embiid would be sidelined. The 76ers are set to play Friday in Atlanta and Sunday in Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Markelle Fultz was driving toward the basket Wednesday against the Knicks when he appeared to accidentally head-butt Embiid. The 7-footer immediately went to the floor. He remained on the floor for several minutes before he was assisted by Philadelphia’s trainer. Embiid sat up once before lying back down on the court. Eventually, he was helped off the court.Fultz was not injured on the play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEmbiid passed the concussion test on Wednesday night but later began suffering symptoms that were diagnosed as a concussion and he has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.The Sixers clearly need their big man if they’re going to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embiid, who leads the Sixers with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helped the team clinch their first playoff berth since 2012. They are 44-30 and fourth in the East with eight games left. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kung Fu lets Golden Tigresses recover during Holy Week Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

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A variety of bee species down on the farm leads to juicier

first_img By Michael PriceFeb. 19, 2017 , 2:00 PM BOSTON—There are more than 2500 bee species around the world that pollinate plants, and research has shown that having a variety of pollinators can boost crop yields and naturally control pests. Yet in many farm environments, there’s only one bee to be found: Apis mellifera, the European honey bee. Thousands of years of domestication have made this insect able to pollinate under a wide variety of circumstances, but native wild bees (such as this metallic green bee) need native habitat, which is often in short supply in agricultural environments. According to new findings reported here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science, farmers can invite greater bee diversity in their fields by diversifying their crops. Researchers looked at 15 farms in central California, some of which grew only strawberries and some of which grew strawberries along with other crops like broccoli, raspberries, and kale. They found that several different bee species buzzed around the diversified farms, whereas only the European honey bee pollinated the strawberry-only ones. Being located near natural vegetation further increased bee species diversity. The strawberries from these diversified farms were plumper, firmer and more symmetrical—all qualities that make the fruit more marketable for farmers. Other crops would also likely benefit from this process, the researcher noted, and planting hedgerows between crops could provide native vegetation for farms isolated from the natural environment.Check out our full coverage of AAAS 2017. A variety of bee species down on the farm leads to juicier fruitslast_img read more

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