What Had Happened Was: 8/15/17
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- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank stepped down from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. On Monday, in the wake of the events that transpired over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Plank announced that he’ll relinquish his seat on the council, saying that the multibillion-dollar company “engages in innovation and sports, not politics.” Plank was the second of three CEOs to resign from the council on Monday.
- San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid intends to stand for the national anthem this season. Reid, who was the first player to join former Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling last season, said Monday that the 2016 anthem protests “went so sideways.” He added that the intention of protesting was to spark nationwide conversation to drive political change — a goal he believes was achieved after one season of kneeling, which led to his decision to stand in 2017.
- Marvin Bagley III announced he’ll reclassify to the class of 2017 and sign with Duke. The 18-year-old No. 1 basketball recruit in the nation will forgo his senior season of high school, making him immediately eligible to play at Duke as a freshman this upcoming college basketball season after graduating from Los Angeles’ Sierra Canyon High School in August. Bagley, a left-handed, 6-foot-11 point forward, chose to play for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski despite recently taking official visits to USC and UCLA. Bagley joins a freshman class at Duke that features five recruits in ESPN’s top 100.
- Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system at the time of his DUI arrest in May. According to a toxicology report, the golfer tested positive for Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana). Early in the morning on Memorial Day, Woods was arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence after police found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in Jupiter, Florida. After the arrest, Woods released a statement explaining that the cause of the incident was not alcohol but instead an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” while he continued to recover from back surgery. On Aug. 9, Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program that will clear his record upon completion.
BREAKING: Under Armour CEO steps down from Trump's American Manufacturing Council pic.twitter.com/8F5pInqoDR
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 15, 2017
TOP THREE TWEETS
1. AN ABSOLUTE FREAK OF NATURE
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 14, 2017
2. BALL UP, BRODIE!
Want to play @russwest44 1 on 1 tomorrow
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 15, 2017
Lol in what? https://t.co/V0kYykmrSk
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 15, 2017
3. STEPPIN’ OVER RACISM
— MadeByTim (@MadeByTim) August 15, 2017
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) August 15, 2017
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
On Aug. 15, 1999, then-23-year-old Tiger Woods won his first career PGA Championship, finishing with an 11-under 277 at Illinois’ Medinah Country Club. Woods edged out fellow teenager Sergio Garcia, 19, who ended the tournament in second place at 10-under par. “I was kind of telling him, ‘If you want to win, you have to play well,’ ” Garcia said afterward. The PGA Championship marked Woods’ second career major victory after a win at the 1997 Masters Tournament.
— Cassy Athena 📸 (@cassyathena) August 14, 2017