The longtime Boston Celtics guard. 91, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Thursday at the White House. President Trump praised the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer as “one of the all-time greats in the history of sports.” Cousy played for the Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six NBA titles and the 1957 league MVP. The Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard in men’s college basketball, is named for him. “This acknowledgment allows me to complete my life circle,” Cousy said at the Oval Office ceremony. “I can stop chasing a bouncing ball. The Presidential Medal of Freedom allows me to reach a level of acceptance in our society I never once ever dreamed of.” Cousy is the second Medal of Freedom recipient this year. Golfer Tiger Woods received the honor in May.
The pitcher and his Houston Astros are under fire from the Detroit Free Press newspaper for barring its reporter, Anthony Fenech, from the clubhouse until after Verlander’s media session. Verlander, who pitched for the Tigers for 13 seasons, threw a two-hitter in a 2-1 loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Afterward, Fenech was blocked at the request of Verlander, according to Astros vice president of communications Gene Dias. Fenech was allowed entrance only after he contacted MLB vice president of communications Mike Teevan. “Blocking a working reporter from doing his job is unprofessional, disappointing and intolerable,” Free Press executive editor Peter Bhatia said. “We will be protesting to MLB and the Astros.” Verlander accused Fenech of unspecified “unethical behavior in the past” in a tweet Thursday.
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