Russell Westbrook feels he’s labeled as ‘the bad guy’ after ejection for elbowing Damion Lee

first_img“I hold myself to a very, very high standard,” Westbrook told reporters afterwards. “I think the refs, the fans, the media, the NBA are put in a position now that I’m not allowed to really do much. Obviously I’m an emotional guy. If you watch the clip, obviously I hit Lee but it wasn’t on purpose. I’m going to the glass, he got hit. He said something to me, I said something to him. I’m standing there, a guy [Juan Toscano-Anderson] comes to snatch the ball out of my hand. Guys come running to me, I didn’t move. But I’m always the one who gets painted to be the bad guy in the whole situation. “They asked me to walk towards the Warriors bench. I’m just over there walking towards the bench and then one of the little young fellas tells me, ‘Why you walking over here?’ I turned around and said, ‘What did you say?’ So now everybody’s running over to me, then I’m walking towards the thing, then Looney steps in front of me. I feel like I’m in a position where it’s like, ‘Oh, well. Russ is being Russ,’ which nobody knows what that means. But I’ve got to do a better job of holding myself to a very, very high standard. I’ll make sure I leave no room for error to allow somebody to paint me out to be a guy that I’m not.” Rockets guard Russell Westbrook voiced his complaints after Thursday’s game, claiming he’s always being considered “the bad guy” and wondered why more players were not punished in the incident that led to his ejection against the Warriors.Westbrook’s night ended prematurely when he received two technical fouls in Houston’s 135-105 victory. The second of those technical fouls came in the fourth quarter after Westbrook caught Damion Lee with a stray arm. The situation became intense when Westbrook then argued with players on Golden State’s bench, including the injured Klay Thompson, before confronting Kevon Looney prior to being ejected. However, Westbrook, who had 21 points and 10 assists before his exit, felt he was singled out and that others should have been punished, too.”I just think it’s unfair, though, that after all of that, I’m the only one who gets a tech or kicked out,” added Westbrook, who leads the NBA with 13 technical fouls this season. “That’s not fair, I don’t care what nobody says. There were so many other people involved in it that were doing so many things that weren’t okay but I’m the one that gets the tech, gets ejected, and everyone else is cool and gets back to play.”But I take responsibility and I hold myself to a very high standard.”last_img read more

LIPO Promises to Intensify Fight against Piracy

first_imgSenate chairman on Commerce and Trade, Margibi County Senator Jim Tornolah; LIPO Director-General P. Adelyn Cooper; President of the Liberia Movie Union, Artus Frank and other dignitaries at the the World IP Day. The Director-General of Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) P. Adelyn Cooper has assured creative individuals including musicians, filmmakers, and innovators across the country of the agency’s commitment to intensify the war against piracy.Atty. Cooper in a remark during the celebration of the World Intellectual Property day over the weekend in Monrovia at the BYC sports pitch which brought together over 300 creative individuals, informed the gathering that the agency has developed a well inclusive and robust plan to fight piracy (intellectual property theft) which has caused the creative industries to lose thousands of dollars.“Once again, I’m assuring you of the agency’s commitment to eradicate or minimize piracy in Liberia to the lowest level possible. We feel your pain; therefore, we have resolved to do everything possible to create an environment where creativity can thrive by becoming profitable.“I promised you, no matter the situation, we will do everything possible to make sure that we prosecute those individuals who are in the habits of piracy,” Atty. Cooper said.Since its inception in 2000, every year on April 26, the World IP Day highlights, through the lens of a specific theme, how IP rights encourage innovation and creativity. This year’s theme is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. The day is set aside by the World Intellectual Property Day to explore how innovation, creativity and IP rights encourage and protect them support the development and worldwide enjoyment of sports.Atty. Cooper added that the office is aware that in order for innovation and creativity to thrive in Liberia, the agency will continue its IP awareness campaign and plan to launch a legal aid for creators to sue pirates since most Liberian artists and inventors do not have IP lawyers to fight their cases if their works are pirated.“The essence of continuing this awareness is to strengthen the country IP regime by having all citizens educated about IP, piracy and its negative impact on the country. We cannot stop counterfeiting and piracy if people are not aware of the risk of purchasing pirated work. Meanwhile, the legal aid services we are about to provide is intended to protect and encourage protection of new creation and economic growth,” she said.LIPO is a semi-autonomous governmental agency whose mandate is to protect and promote the works of inventors and innovators through the Industrial Property laws of Liberia in collaboration with conventions, protocols, and treaties relative to intellectual property rights protection to which Liberia is a signatory.Part of LIPO functions is also to ensure that all creators benefit justly from their creation and that Government benefits from a tax deduction of royalties and to encourage fair competition in the sale of copyright products and services.LIPO began the celebration with a parade before convening at the BYC Sports pitch to climax the celebration with a kickball and football match, where the institution faced the Liberia Move Union (LIMU) and the Musicians Union of Liberia (MULIB). The football game was won by the Liberia Movie Union and the Kickball game won by LIPO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more