Transsexual LA Times Sportswriter Found Dead

Shelby Grad of the L.A. TIMES reports today:

Mike Penner, the veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and began working under the byline “Christine Daniels,” has died.

Christine Daniels

 Colleagues said today that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death. He was 52.

When he made the transformation, Penner wrote, “I am a transsexual sportswriter. It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words. I realize many readers and colleagues and friends will be shocked to read them.” Read more…

Mike Penner Throws Christine Back In The Closet

Kevin Roderick of highly-respected LAObserved.com reports late Monday that “Eighteen month after writing a column about becoming Christine Daniels, veteran sportswriter Mike Penner has quietly returned to work at the Los Angeles Times, according to multiple sources close to the LAT’s Sports staff.

Christine Daniels Photo Mike Penner Los Angeles Times

Besides the LOS ANGELES TIMES itself, SbB was first with the news that Penner had changed his identity to a female. After that, he contributed to the LAT’s sports section and also wrote another newly-created column about his/her life experiences. ALL of those blog entries have been wiped from the site.

Christine Daniels Photo Mike Penner Los Angeles Times

Penner also did several interviews at the time, but never went national, though he had offers from the TV talkshow circruit.

Now the question is, when does Penner return? And what is management saying about all this? Read more…

Mets John Maine Asked To Try On Womans Dress In Bathroom

THIS REALLY ISN’T BREAKING NEWS TO YANKEES, NL FANS: The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS has breaking news that we thought Christine Daniels surely would’ve had first: The Mets media guide is wrong!

John Maine

Turns out Mets pitcher John Maine isn’t just a right-handed batter, but more likely a switch-hitter.NYDN Excerpt: “At the opening of Touch nightclub Thursday night, Mets pitcher John Maine followed an attractive young woman into the ladies’ bathroom. He even went into the stall with her, but she wasn’t prepared for what came next.”

The NYDN then relays that Maine “asked her if he could try on the little black dress she was wearing. Sadly, the woman declined, probably after seeing the paltry price that the De La Hoya photos were sold for.

If you’re from New York, we apologize for posting this story as breaking news, since we know you’ve all known this for some time - along with the rest of the National League.

NFL Blacks Out Cowboys Patriots Game To Los Angeles This Sunday

ACTUALLY WE’LL BE WATCHING JERRY JONES ON NIP/TUCK: Christine Daniels has the sobering news that the handful of NFL fans left in Los Angeles will be treated to the Chargers-Raiders game this Sunday on CBS instead of Cowboys-Patriots:

L.A. To Miss Patriots Cowboys Game For Raiders Chargers Game


Excerpt: “CBS is carrying both games, which are scheduled to kick off at the same time, 1:15 p.m. Ninety percent of the nation will see the 5-0 Patriots against the 5-0 Cowboys, but a KCBS Sports spokesperson said Tuesday that the Los Angeles market will instead get the 2-2 Raiders at the 2-3 Chargers.”

Mike Nelson, KCBS-TV PR guy in Los Angeles: “The NFL considers Los Angeles a secondary market for the Chargers, so NFL regulations require CBS to carry the Chargers home game, unless it isn’t sold out.

Los Angeles Rams TV


Non-Angeleno explanation: Thanks to the Raiders criminal following in L.A., all the Bolts-Oakland games are sold out every season in Diego.

The KCBS-TV spokeshole Nelson though gets out the long knives for anyone might have the gall to call him on it: “You know how football fans, and sports fans in general, are … they want what they want. Its certainly frustrating for some people.

Yeah, he’s a little patronizing, but give the guy a break. If we had to explain how the “SURVIVOR: CHINA” Fantasy League works 50 times a day, we’d be touchy too.

FX Network Buys Sportswriter Transsexual Pilot Then Dumps Premise

THERE GOES DANIELS’ 18-CENT ANNUAL RESIDUAL CHECK: The WASHINGTON POST reports the amusing news that “Nip/Tuck” creator Ryan Murphy recently “sold a pilot to FX network for a series called ‘4 Oz.,’ about the metamorphosis of a married sportswriter with children who comes to the realization he is a transsexual.

Christine Daniels


Sound familiar?

Of course, the premise is a complete rip-off of the recent plight of LOS ANGELES TIMES sportswriter Mike Penner, who earlier this year announced he was a transsexual and changed his name to Christine Daniels.

Like everyone else in Los Angeles, we’re assuming FX executives don’t read the L.A. TIMES, so they had no idea about the plight of Daniels until it was too late. They’ve since thrown Murphy’s premise down the stairs, with the show now centered on “a married-dad gynecologist practicing with his father who undergoes a sex-change operation.

The best part: A FX spokeshole lies tells the Post that “the change from sportswriter to gynecologist was made before Daniels penned her famous Los Angeles Times piece in April, formally announcing her new sex and name, though as recently as last month, news reports about the show in development called it a series about a sportswriter.

UPDATE: Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts and VARIETY sends over this story from Variety’s website that indicates the sportswriter angle for the show had been incubating before Daniels’ initial announcement.

We’re no conspiracy theorists, but might Murphy (the show’s creator) have known something about Penner/Daniels’ ordeal before the rest of the world - since both work out of SoCal? Yeah, we know, probably not.

Allison Stokke To Make In Studio Appearance At Los Angeles Radio Station

• STOKKE STILL RESISTS MEDIA (WITH ESPN APPEARANCE): Allison Stokke continues to garner *unwanted* media attention today as she appears in-studio at 5pm PT on KSPN-AM’s Mason and Ireland show in Los Angeles (we know, this post is worthless without pics).

Allison Stokke


• PGA Tour player K.J. Choi says that if he wins the PGA’s new FedEx Cup, he will give 100% of the $10M first prize to charity.

And it could happen, as Choi already has won twice this year, putting him at No. 5 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Dave Smith of Sporting News Radio has an interesting point: “How is its that hunting is legal and dogfighting is illegal? Hiding in the bushes, covering yourself in deer piss and then shooting a deer in the back of the head. … That’s a sport?”

• LARRY BROWN SPORTS has this find, via our dear friends at the NACOGDOCHES DAILY SENTINEL:

Cocks Get Jacked Headline


The head followed a win by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

• CHRISTINE DANIELS FINALLY FOUND OUT? Blind item in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS today: “Which lady sports journalist has become locker-room gossip because of her hands-on approach to covering ball sports?

• Erin of BALLHYPE has the shocking news: Some sports bloggers are actually gainfully employed.

• DODGER PRESS PASSES SHOULD COME WITH GAS MASKS: Somehow Arash Markazi of SI.com is able to pen a piece on the pox of L.A. sports radio, Vic Jacobs, without a mention of the incredible stench emanating from Jacobs’ trademark, ferret-based headgear.

Vic Jacobs


The only thing more foul than the AM radio reporter’s oft-worn yet never washed Pancho? Steve Lavin’s breath (we’re serious).

• Jason Whitlock of the KANSAS CITY STAR unveils his version of Priest Holmes: A selfish faker.

Dave Krieger Mark Kriegel* of FOX SPORTS notes that Barry Bonds’ bagman, Greg Anderson, has done more hard time than notorious mob figure Sammy “The Bull” Gravano did (in the wake of 19 dead bodies).
(* - no more three fingers of Cutty for lunch!)

• WE’RE GUESSING NENE IS NO LONGER A FOREIGNER FAN: MONEY PLAYERS reports NBA player Nene was bilked out of millions and is “essentially broke thanks to agent (parasite) Joe Santos.

Foreigner Agent Provocateur


• BENMALLER.COM IS NO MORE: The tireless Ben Maller has now completely folded his invaluable (and free) sports news clipping service into the Foxsports.com website. SI.com has started a similiar clipping service at its new Fannation.com website.

Christine Daniels Serves Our Wide Array Of Needs

LAT’S DANIELS SERVICES VAST ARRAY OF READER’S NEEDS: Last night for the first time this season, we actually watched a Dodger game of our own volition. In other words, the game wasn’t the only teevee choice at our favorite westside watering hole.

Barry Bonds Helmet


But while we have our own thoughts on Barry Bonds’ rather confused, impotent performance, we’ll leave it up to the formerly-drab Christine Daniels of the LOSS ANGELES TIMES to fill you in on what happened last night.

Christine Daniels


And while she’s at it, Daniels can also provide handy advice on how to get your gender officially changed on your drivers license (who said the circulation-challenged newspaper isn’t truly a full-service media outlet?)

Columnist Reports Transvestite Christine Daniels Not An Attractive Woman

COLUMNIST - LAT’S DANIELS “NOT AN ATTRACTIVE WOMAN“: Last Sunday was a landmark coming out party for a sports figure at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. No, not David Beckham. Try Christine Daniels (formerly Mike Penner), transvestite sports writer for the LOSS ANGELES TIMES.

Christine Daniels


Daniels covered her first in-person event since making the decision to publicly change gender three months ago.

Daniels describes the scene: “(David Beckham) arrived wearing a silver-gray Burberry suit, surrounded by a phalanx of assistants and yes-people…I arrived wearing a golden-hued top from Ross and a multi-colored paisley skirt from Ames and a pair of open-toed tan heels from Aerosoles, surrounded by nobody…

Christine Daniels Photo Mike Penner Los Angeles Times


It was a big deal for me because I’d waited more than 25 years for this moment, dreaming about how it might play out if it ever came to be, if and when and fingers tightly crossed.

SAN BERNARDINO SUN columnist Paul Oberjuerge was on the scene to give an in-person account: “It seemed almost as we’re all going along with someone’s dress-up role playing.

I hate to be judgmental about these things, but Christine is not an attractive woman. Which probably isn’t a surprise when you’re 50 and have spent your in-the-world life as a fairly drab guy. Who has a fairly prominent Adam’s apple (not all of us do) … Who also isn’t exactly petite. Maybe 6-1, 200?

So … she looks like a guy in a dress, pretty much. Except anyone paying any attention isn’t going to be fooled — as some people are by veteran transvestites.

Christine Daniels Mike Penner Photo Los Angeles Times Transsexual Sportswriter


The thing is, and maybe this is cruel, but there were women in that room who were born women in body as well as soul. And the difference between them and Christine was, in my mind, fairly stark.

Christine Daniels Covers Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup Triumph For Los Angeles Times

DANIELS COVERS COLOR AND HILITES OF DUCKS TRIUMPH: The LOS ANGELES TIMES fingered transsexual sportswriter Christine Daniels (who has glammed it in her new mugshot) to head online coverage of the Ducks’ Stanley Cup triumph last night in Anaheim.

Christine Daniels Anaheim Ducks


We’re guessing Daniels, who hasn’t covered a sports beat for years, was nowhere near the Honda Center (like us), but she did gleefully unveil the news from behind the Orange Curtain for us unfeeling Angelenos: “The Anaheim Ducks are Stanley Cup Champions. (Right now, Arte Moreno is on the phone with his attorneys — ‘Maybe we want to rethink this name thing.’ The Dodgers certainly are.

Anaheim Ducks


With just one postseason victory since 1988, Dodger management is reportedly thinking of a new strategy. Are you ready for ‘The Los Angeles Dodgers of Anaheim’?)

The Ducks are now officially our second entertainment option in Orange County. Now onto Daniels’ new “Women In Progress” column for the LAT - which reads much like a how-to guide for transsexuals.

Christine Daniels Photo Mike Penner Los Angeles Times


On the first day that the former Mike Penner appeared as Christine Daniels in the LAT, this was her day’s highlight: “By 8 o’clock in the evening, I was walking away from my first-ever salon appointment — having been colored and highlighted, cut and curled, a bright golden-honey hue replacing what three hours earlier had been my usual dirty brown-and-gray. The hairstyle I’d waited a lifetime for.

Christine Daniels


And this from emailer “Michelle”: “It is amazing how many wonderful and supportive friends you have found since your announcement. As a girl in transition, it is the one thing that still scares me the most in that I don’t know if I have the types of friends who will support, or the type who will be judgemental, or simply disappear.

Speaking of disappearing, LAT users can (surprisingly) comment on the blog, which is an indication the newspaper has plenty of moderators standing on the delete key.

Christine Daniels Gender Reassignment Generates New Assignment JA Adande Requests Buyout

We’ve got a photo shoot coming later today (new pics will be up tonight), so here’s a roundup of what’s going on that will (hopefully) tide you over:

• GENDER REASSIGNMENT CREATES NEW LAT ASSIGNMENT: The LOS ANGELES TIMES notes on its website today, “Starting today, check out latimes.com/sports for Christine Daniels’ “Day in L.A.,” a daily column on the sports events, personalities and themes that matter most to Southern Californians.

Christine Daniels Photo Mike Penner Los Angeles Times


Responsive, thoughtful, experienced commentary from one of the area’s most talented and versatile journalists, updated throughout the day as events happen.

Sounds like someone will be bookmarking SbB, DSpin, ASB, WL and TBL!’

Meanwhile, LA OBSERVED reports the L.A. Times recently introduced a huge inter-office promotional campaign (wot?) featuring gigantic photos of selected editorial staff in the elevators (wot?) of the Times building.

J.A. Adande Michael Wilbon


Notable omissions in the campaign: Daniels and J.A. Adande, who is apparently requesting a buyout.

• The wedding photographer who posted the Village People shot of Brady Quinn online responds to the ASSOCIATED PRESS, and tells A.J. Hawk to buzz off.

• BAYOU BUZZ reports Reggie Bush recently went to Spain to “film a commercial with global soccer star David Beckham.”

50 Cent Ciara Reggie Bush


Bush: “That was a lot of fun. We bascially were teaching each other about our different footballs and what to do with them. It was great to get over to Spain and see the different cultures and see parts of the world that I never expected to see when I was younger.

• Greg Oden last night after Dan Patrick jokingly (har har!) asked if he had “another job you can fall back on“: “I could probably break dance on the side of the street, make a couple of bucks here and there.

• The TORONTO SUN reminds us that before the De La Hoya fight, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., said UFC “ain’t nothing but a fad.

The Sun’s Jose Rodriguez notes UFC President Dana White “took offence and offered Mayweather a scrap against UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk.” That forced the cowering Mayweather to “change his tune to say the comment was merely trying to build hype for his fight.

Chuck Liddell’s response to Mayweather’s false bravado: “(The) fact mainstream boxing is talking about the UFC shows they’re worried.

Liddell: “A few years ago, they wouldn’t have even mentioned us. Now they’re taking shots at us to try to sell more [PPVs]. That says a lot about how far we’ve come.

• SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Terry Lefton reports this week that Donovan McNabb participated in an ad shoot for Bruce Willis’ upcoming film
“Live Free or Die Hard.”

McNabb also had a “a role in last week’s lavish ESPN upfront presentation (and) McNabb and ESPN are getting chummy enough to contemplate a relationship that could include everything from using the QB as a sideline reporter on NBA games to being the host of the weekly highlights during ‘Monday Night Football’ telecasts.