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Gridlock is live all week on location from Team USA Basketball practice at the Menden Hall here in Las Vegas. The Blue vs. White game is this Friday, August 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets are still available at UNLVtickets.com or at the Thomas & Mack box office. Pictured above is Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant, Indiana Pacers' Paul George and Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond at todays Team USA training camp.


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Houston Rockets star James Harden was on air today in an interview with Seat Williams to talk about Team USA and the upcoming season for the Rockets. Seat asked Harden about the beard, life without Chandler and Jeremy Lin, and his chemistry with Dwight Howard. You can listen to the segment with James here.

 

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DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings Stopped by to join us on air at the Thomas & Mack. DeMarcus Talked with the guys about his position on Team USA and the amount of talent that is on the court. Cousins stated that he still feels he has room to grow as a player and strives to be the best that he can. Mitch and Seat think that DeMarcus could be one of the best centers in the game today. What do you think? Is there a player that tops him as a center today in the NBA? Check out what Cousins had to say here.

 

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Today on the show the guys talked about the Josh Gordon situation and if a year suspension seems fair after Ravens Ray Rice only received two games for domestic violence. Gordon who has failed a drug test for marijuana, is facing a possible one year suspension that could ruin his career, while other figures in the NFL like Ray Rice and Colts owner Jim Irsay seem to be getting off pretty easy when you compare the offenses. What do you think about Gordon's situation? Does he deserve to be punished this severely? Or should his punishment be more along the lines of What Ray Rice received?
 


Also on the show today ESPN's Brian Windhorst stopped by to talk with Mitch and Seat at the Team USA Basketball training camp. Brian is an NBA Insider for ESPN.com and had some interesting things to say about Kevin Love and where he will play next season. Brian gave us some great  perspective behind the NBA off-season and explained the "Lying Time". Be sure to follow him on Twitter at @ESPNWindhorst. You can check out what Brian had to say here.



Tune in to ESPN 1100/98.9 Gridlock tomorrow from 11am-2pm PT for more action and interviews from Team USA Basketball training camp.
 
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Washington Wizards star John Wall joined us on air today to talk about the incident he had with his limo driver a couple weeks ago at NBA Summer league here in Las Vegas. Wall explained his side of the story after being called out publicly for supposedly not tipping the driver. The story made national news and labeled Wall a "bad tipper." John explained how the $27 tip was already added to the bill for the service and that he was the first to be dropped off at the hotel. John figured that the other two passengers would compensate the driver considering that it was his coach and handler. Wall also explained that he always tips good and was unfairly outed as someone who does not tip. Check out what Wall has to say here.

 

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The John Wall interview sparked a wave of incoming texts and calls concerning tipping in the service industry here in town. Listeners were on both sides of the fence when it comes to the issue. Some callers stated that it is a must to compensate even if the service was bad or sub-par. Other callers said that you only tip according to the level of service you received, and if it was bad service than no tip is required. What do you think? Should you always leave a tip when being serviced? Or does the level of service determine the amount compensation that you give? You can hear what our listeners had to say about the issue here.

 
 
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Indiana Pacers star Paul George joined us live on air from Team USA Basketball practice here at Thomas & Mack. Paul talked about the upcoming season and how the Pacers will fair after loosing lance Stephens. Paul also talks about his relationship with Larry Bird and how he appreciates working for one of basketballs greats.



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Video: Dodgers' Puig Tattoos The Ball With His Bat



 
Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig showed  how hard he can hit the ball recently at a team batting practice in Dodgers' Stadium. Puig cracked a ball so perfect that the signature from his bat left an imprint on the ball, giving the fan who caught it a one of a kind autograph.

There has also been a lot of talk lately about the second-year outfielder. Puig has only hit one home run since June 1 and had a disastrous showing in the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. This had fans wondering what is wrong with Yasiel.

All that changed on Friday night. Puig returned to the lineup after missing time with a hand injury, and went 4-for-5 with a record-setting three triples, leading the Dodgers to an 8-1 win over the division-leading San Francisco Giants.

Puig shut down all doubters hitting the most triples in a single game in Los Angeles Dodgers history and it equals the franchise record set by Jimmy Sheckard in 1901.
 
Below is the video of Puig's work on Friday night at AT&T Park:

 
 
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The Rule of Thumb


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The Rule of Thumb

The 'rule of thumb' has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. In a lot of ways this ridiculous rule still applies.

I’m not writing this to feign outrage or cast Ray Rice in the role of Ike Turner. For all we know this was the first time Ray Rice has ever struck a woman. What I do know, the penalty handed down (2 games) is par for the course. As a society we will be outraged for a moment, and then the first preseason game rolls around and all will be forgotten. The season will start and Ray Rice will be a topic of conversation for two minutes when the networks preview the Ravens first game. Honestly Ray Rice is not the issue. His wife has stood by him, his family and team support him and this may have been an isolated incident. No one should be judged based on one bad moment. Having said all that, if Rice does it again he ought to be dealt with harshly by the justice system.

Here’s the question… When will it not be acceptable to beat and sexually assault women?

Why do we add qualifiers to the punishment handed down to players who beat, rape and continue to treat women as something less than human? I am guilty of objectifying women and I’m not ashamed of it at all. This is not a question about whether or not we like looking at cheerleaders or if we “would” with this woman or that one. This is about how we respond to violence toward women when the perpetrator is an athlete on a team we root for.

Seeing the video of Ray Rice carelessly dragging his fiance's body into the hallway was supposed to be enough. It cleared all doubt that something awful happened and there could be no question of “he said she said” because we saw the end result. In reality what has happen now that the initial outrage has quieted is the rationalization of not seeing the whole video. 2006 Several people witnessed and reported Brett Myers repeatedly punching his wife in the face outside of a bar. His wife didn’t want to press charges and Myers went on pitching for several more years. Brian Giles knocked a woman out in a crowded bar and nothing really happened. When I say nothing happened, I speaking strictly about the punishment handed down and male sports fan reaction. Warren Moon manhandled his wife over credit card charges. He publicly apologized and we quickly moved on. The women Jim Brown abused are a constant punch line to old jokes. Chad Ochocinco head butted his then wife Evelyn Lozada (a reality TV star) during a domestic dispute. The media and fan response centered on the fact that he brought that onto himself by marrying a Reality TV personality. Greg Hardy of the Panthers is next up to bat. He’s guilty of domestic abuse and we will see how he’s dealt with but the fan reaction and media coverage have been minimal at best.

The treatment of women on the college level seems to be even worse. College players continue to live out their “Two Live Crew” fantasies. While some girls are willing others are not. Again, that’s not the point. The point is the reaction that we as sports fans have towards the women who are reporting the sexual assault and or rape. Case in point, the young woman who alleged that Jameis Winston sexually assaulted her. She was immediately cast in the role of a girl trying to bring down the star athlete before the big game. Her name and face plastered all over the internet. It was her fault! She asked for it! She wanted it! Locally UNLV basketball player Tre’Von Willis was arrested for strangling his then girlfriend during a domestic dispute. These were the types of comments that followed the story in the Las Vegas Sun June 30, 2010:

This is BS... Lawyer up! Best of luck to you Tre! I hope you get this worked out quickly and you are back on the basketball court soon. Just renewed my season tickets! I don't get why these guys get emotionally involved with these broads, just send em home in the morning.


Why do we as sports fans jump to these conclusions when a woman is beaten or raped by an athlete on a team we root for? Do we hate women? Do we wish women were not involved in sports? Should they just look pretty and shut up? If she hit you first do you then have the right to beat her unconscious? If she said yes to consensual sex and then changed her mind and said Stop or No, does that not matter? At this point pretending to be shocked is a waste of time. Being dismayed by the fact that knocking your fiancé out on camera gets a two game ban while a PED violation gets you a four game ban makes sense to me. Major league baseball bans first time offenders’ fifty games for a positive PED test. Beat a spouse or acquaintance…who knows what the ban is? One start for a pitcher? Five or six games for a position player? I’ll spare everyone reading this the comparison of habitual marijuana smoker Josh Gordon and his upcoming one year ban vs Ray Rice because the venom spewed at Gordon was so much worse when in reality smoking some herb is nothing compared to beating a woman.

In the end, I think this is a subject that we have to talk about. We all have wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters and or cousins who are woman. If they were assaulted, raped or beaten we wouldn’t casually ask what they did to deserve it or ignore that it happened. I’m no different than anyone else when it comes to the anticipation of the new NFL season. I’m a Browns fan so my season is usually over by the beginning of November but I’ll be at the LVH, Hilton or West whatever watching and cheering. What I will not do is forget or pretend that Mike Vick is still treated like the criminal he is while Big Ben, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, TJ Ward, AJ Jefferson, Daryl Washington, LeRoy Hill, Chad Ochocinco etc…seemingly get a past for domestic violence. A picture of Johnny Football and his rolled twenty dollar bill doing blow in the offseason is nothing compared to a video of an unconscious woman who was just knocked out.

The Rule of Thumb remains in effect until further notice.
 
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Gridlock Post Show Follow Up

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UNLV Basketball head coach Dave Rice joined Gridlock live today from Team USA Basketball practice at the Thomas & Mack. Coach Rice talked with the guys about the upcoming season for the Rebels and the line-up of stars on Team USA including Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. You can listen to the entire interview with the coach here.

 


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Also on the show today we continued the discussion on Ray Rice's suspension and how sports fans have reacted. Las Vegas attorney Justin Watkins joined us live on air to talk about the legal side of the incident. Mitch and Seat asked about the elevator video surveillance footage and if it was legal to share with the news with the public. Listeners called in to express their thoughts and surprisingly it was mixed on the opinion as to whom was at fault. You can here what Justin had to say here. What do you think about Ray Rice and the elevator incident? Should Rice receive a harsher punishment to set an example? Or is two games enough?

 


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Top-10 college basketball prospect Chase Jeter of Bishop Gorman high school joined us live today to talk about the Adidas Super 64 and the big decision he faces choosing which school to play basketball for next year. Chase is a Las Vegas Local with Family ties to the community, so hopefully UNLV will be his choice school, but the 6-foot-10 power forward is also been looking at Duke, Arizona and a few other schools as well. Check out what Case had to say here.
 


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Gridlock is Live from Thomas & Mack this week for the Team USA Basketball Showcase. Tune in at ESPN 1100/98.9FM 11am-2pm PT to hear interviews with the players, coaches and some former NBA stars.
 


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