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Colin Rand Kaepernick (/ˈkæpərnɪk/ KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Kaepernick played college football for the University of Nevada in Reno, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice and became the only player in NCAA Division I FBS history to amass 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. After graduating, he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Fox News

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at a Florida spa, police said.

Kraft, 77, was accused of paying for sexual acts at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, located about 90 miles north of Miami. His name was among more than a dozen who were charged with him.

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Police said they have Kraft, and others, on video receiving the sexual acts and that he participated in prostitution in Florida two separate times.

The spa had been shut down after a months-long investigation revealed women were participating in “sexual servitude,” TC Palm reported, citing arrest records. Nine other spas in Orlando, Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast had also been shut down in part of the investigation.

Authorities said they handed the case over to the state’s attorney’s office and they were working on an active warrant for Kraft’s arrest.

The Patriots have yet to comment on the charges against Kraft.

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Kraft is coming off the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl championship. He owns a home in nearby Palm Beach.

Zero Hedge

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Breitbart

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'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report with the Chicago Police Department about a purported attack on himself last month.

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WayneDupree.com

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No team is going to guarantee a huge contract for perhaps an empty box and troublesome behavior.

Daily Wire

Published  5 days ago

Colin Kaepernick settled his collusion case against the NFL last week. According to reports, the payout is somewhere in the $60 to $80 million range. Add that to his multi-million dollar Nike ad campaign, and it's clear that martyrdom has been a lucrative gig for the former quarterback. So lucrative, in fact, that he won't return to professional football for less than $20 million. Beggars can't be choosers, they used to say. Just one of many old nuggets of wisdom that's been turned on its head in our upside down world. Kaepernick has turned victimhood into a business. And business is good.

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His case may shed some light on the Jussie Smollett situation. As it becomes more and more inescapably clear (though it was pretty obvious from the beginning, we should note) that the "hate crime attack" against Smollett was an elaborate and poorly staged hoax, people may wonder why a guy with a cushy job on a network television show would risk it all on such an idiotic ploy. The people confused on this point have not been paying very close attention. As Kaepernick demonstrates, victimhood pays. We have elevated victimhood to a desirable status. Our children are raised to crave it, envy it, seek it. The great paradox of modern American culture is this: victimhood equals power.

It wasn't always this way. There was a time when a man would never dream of inventing a story about getting beaten and defiled. If anything, his tall tales would run the other direction. If he was going to fabricate a physical altercation with imaginary assailants, he would be the victor in the story. He wanted to paint himself as the tough guy, not a pitiful sap who got doused with bleach by a couple of random punks. If he really did get into a fight, he would exaggerate to make you feel sorry for the other guy. He didn't want to be a victim. To him, victimhood was degrading and humiliating. Even if he really was a victim, he did not like to think of himself that way.

I don't mean to suggest that there is shame in being an actual victim. I only mean that if we have to err in one direction of another, it's probably better to err on the side of embarrassment at our victimhood rather than excitement. Better to not see ourselves as victims when we are than to see ourselves as victims when we aren't. At least the former stems from a healthy human instinct. The latter is gross and small and pathetic and it is rapidly creating a country full of Smolletts.

I say that victimhood "pays," but it's important to understand that the payment comes in more than one form. Indeed, if Smollett's gambit had worked out as he planned, he would have ensured himself a continued gig on his current show and an endless supply of acting jobs thereafter. Film and television producers would have been anxious to demonstrate their compassion by finding a role for the guy who got assaulted by MAGA thugs. This is the financial benefit of victimhood.

And then there is the emotional payment that victimhood confers. You will notice that people who invent hate crimes are rarely cancer patients. They usually aren't poor, either. They aren't refugees who fled unimaginable brutality and misery. They aren't Holocaust survivors. They aren't elderly black people who lived through segregation and Jim Crow. No, those sorts of people don't need to go looking for pain and misfortune. They have seen quite enough of it and know that there is nothing sexy about it. The hate crime hoaxers, on the other hand, lead enviable and cozy lives. Their primary hardship is their lack of hardship. They fetishize oppression because they feel ashamed of their privilege. How appropriate that Jussie Smollett is a Hollywood actor living in a Chicago high-rise. He is exactly the type for this kind of thing: bored, comfortable, well off, empty. Persecution is a game to him because it has never been a reality.

I suppose we should feel grateful that we live in a country where people have to hire their own oppressors. But we should be worried that so many people find oppression desirable in the first place.

SARAH PALIN

Published  6 days ago

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is set to receive $60 to $80 million in a settlement as a result of the lawsuit he filed against the NFL.

As a Washington Examiner op-ed reports, the NFL is choosing to settle two separate grievances against them by Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid.

“The players alleged that because Kaepernick started the NFL’s national anthem kneeling epidemic in 2016 and Reid, who was also a 49er at the time, was among the first to join him, that they were targeted unjustly by owners who wanted to keep them out of the league,” the Washington Examiner reports.

Players’ attorney Mark Geragos and the NFL issued a joint statement on Friday which said the institution and the players opted for a quick settlement rather than a lengthy court battle. They noted the details of the settlement are confidential.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the joint statement said, the Washington Examiner reports citing ESPN. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

“Kaepernick’s settlement is somewhere in the $60 million to $80 million range,” Mike Freeman from the Bleacher Report reports.

The Washington Examiner’s Tom Joyce wrote in an op-ed:

There is no doubt the national anthem kneeling controversy started by Kaepernick harmed the NFL. During the 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons, the league’s TV ratings dropped by more than 17 percentage points. Both a UBS poll and JD Power poll confirmed the top reason for this ratings decline was the anthem controversy (although not the sole cause). This ratings drop resulted in around $500 million in lost revenue for the NFL’s TV partners, according to Clay Travis of Fox Sports.

This also correlates with the NFL’s decline in favorability. In October 2013, the league’s approval rating stood at 64 percent; in October 2017, however, it was down to 46 percent, according to a Fox News poll.

If teams did not want to sign these two players, that is their business. After all, free speech is not even a protected right for government workers in the workplace, let alone private sector workers, as settled by the 2006 Supreme Court case Garcetti v. Ceballos.

Plus, NFL players’ contracts, based on an agreement collectively bargained for by the NFL Players’ Association, have language in them that can justify not signing these players.

In part, contracts read, “He agrees to give his best efforts and loyalty to the Club, and to conduct himself on and off the field with appropriate recognition of the fact that the success of professional football depends largely on public respect for and approval of those associated with the game.”

Zero Hedge

Published  6 days ago

Colin Kaepernick received between $60 and $80 million in an out-of-court settlement with the NFL, according to NFL columnist Mike Freeman, who tweeted on Friday: "Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range."

Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range.

— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019

While the exact terms of the settlement have not been revealed, Kaepernick attorney Mark Geragos released a statement following Freeman's tweet, noting that the terms of the agreement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.

The NFL Players Association, meanwhile, acknowledged the settlement in a separate statement.

"Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

As Breitbart's Dylan Gwinn notes, perhaps this is why Kaepernick refused to play in the Alliance of American Football for anything less than $20 million.

WayneDupree.com

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After filing a grievance, the former football star — along with another player — is receiving quite a settlement from the sports league

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MADISON, Wis. — The state Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to honor prominent black Americans during Black History Month in February — but only after Republicans blocked it until black Democratic lawmakers agreed to remove the name of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Democratic Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee, who authored the resolution, called the episode "a textbook example of white privilege" and a "slap in the face."

"Many of these people that you don’t agree with will still be in the history books that your children and grandchildren will be reading," Crowley said on the Assembly floor.

Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee, has drawn a firestorm of controversy after he began kneeling in 2016 during the national anthem to protest poor treatment of black Americans.

Supporters say Kaepernick is exercising his First Amendment right to protest what he sees as racial injustice. Critics say he is denigrating the American flag and American principles.

He is one of more than two dozen prominent black Americans proposed by the Legislature's black lawmakers to be honored during February, including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and baseball giant Reggie Jackson.

Crowley said Kaepernick was included, in part, because he donated $25,000 to Milwaukee nonprofit Urban Underground, which works with teens.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna said Republicans wouldn't support the resolution that included Kaepernick "for obvious reasons," referring to protests during the national anthem.

Democratic Rep. LaKeshia Myers of Milwaukee said Kaepernick "decided to take on ownership of a problem that he saw, which was police brutality."

"Whether you dislike the method that he used, understand that it is a part of America’s DNA — not just African-Americans' protest," said Myers, who was the lone vote against the resolution.

But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Steineke said the caucus wanted a resolution free of controversial figures so the entire body could support it.

"I think it's important to recognize the contributions of literally thousands and thousands of African-Americans to our state's history but also trying to find people who, again, bring us together. Not look at people who draw some sort of vitriol from either side," Vos said.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday bashed Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin for stripping Colin Kaepernick’s name from a Black History Month resolution, calling the decision “B.S.”

Lemon appeared on Cuomo Primetime to argue why the Wisconsin-born former NFL quarterback, who made headlines for kneeling during the National Anthem, should be honored with other great African-Americans “whether you agree with what he did or not.”

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“He was doing what is a right to all Americans, to peacefully protest,” Lemon said. “And yet, and still, he is suffering the consequences of that after he broke no laws, and he’s trying to help out the very community that he’s trying to bring attention to.”

The host said the narrative surrounding Keapernick had been “twisted” by President Trump, but people should still know “in the back of their minds, deep in their heart” that what the former San Francisco 49er did was “courageous and heroic.”

When Chris Cuomo asked if this was a case of “white privilege,” Lemon responded that he thought it was “ignorance.”

“Look, I don’t know about it. I just think it’s ignorance. I just think it’s B.S.," he said. "Whatever you want to call it, if you want to call it white privilege, that is your business.”

The state legislature’s black caucus had drafted the resolution to include Kaepernick’s name, but Republicans said he was too controversial and took him off the list. The resolution, without Kaepernick's name, passed in the state Senate.

Fox News' Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

The Gaily Grind

Published  1 week ago

A Colorado sports store owner who refused to sell Nike gear after the company announced a partnership with Colin Kaepernick says his store is going out of business, reports KOAA.

After more than 20 years in business, Prime Time Sports Owner Stephen Martin says he can’t afford his monthly lease anymore at Chapel Hills Mall.

“I just can’t keep the doors open anymore,” said Martin, telling News5 he made the decision to close for good on Sunday night.

Last fall, Martin decided to get rid of all Nike merchandise in his store after the company endorsed Colin Kaepernick for an ad campaign.

“Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas. How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys,” Martin said.

Martin says he’s the only full service, licensed fan shop between Castle Rock and the New Mexico border. Despite having all 32 NFL team’s apparel in his store, he doesn’t have any current players’ jerseys–because of his decision to drop all Nike apparel.

He also canceled an autograph session with Brandon Marshall at his store back in 2016, to protest Marshall’s decision to kneel during the anthem.

“As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,” said Martin.

Martin says he will keep his store open until there’s nothing left, but says he’ll be leaving with his dignity.

“I didn’t give in to big Nike and big dollars. I didn’t give in. I did it my way,” he said.

“That part of the military respect that’s in me just cannot be sacrificed or compromised, as I believe Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick both did. I don’t like losing a business over it, but I rather be able to live with myself,” he added.

Martin estimates the store will close in about a month and is currently working with his staff to help them find other jobs.

“That’s definitely what brought us in for sure,” said Melissa Hansen, who came in to buy a Broncos hat after seeing a store-wide 40% off sign.

MAGA Daily Report

Published  1 week ago

Newt Gingrich called out Don Lemon the other day and accused him of being hostile to America.

Don Lemon, never known for shying away from controversy, is firing back today at the former Speaker. From The Hill:

CNN anchor Don Lemon fired back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) after Gingrich said Lemon was “hostile to America.”

Gingrich on Tuesday tweeted that Lemon was “hostile to America” after he pressed singer Gladys Knight on her decision to sing the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Lemon responded to Gingrich on Friday, writing that he was breaking his “rule of not responding to Twitter trolls” in doing so.

“Ms. Knight, who I greatly admire & have interviewed before, was well aware of the anthem controversy & chose to speak with me about it,” Lemon wrote.

“Not asking her about it would have been a dereliction of journalistic integrity,” he continued. “We can respect someone, ask tough questions & hold them to account. It’s the American way. Republicans, lately, should try it.”

Knight sparked criticism with her decision to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl amid controversy surrounding the event.

Many artists chose to boycott the Super Bowl in response to the NFL’s treatment of former player Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the movement of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

1- Newt, I’m breaking my rule of not responding to Twitter trolls just for you. You’re welcome. Just so you know Ms. Knight, who I greatly admire & have interviewed before, was well aware of the anthem controversy & chose to speak with me about it. https://t.co/xWE9Vnqts7

— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 8, 2019

Lemon even asked the famous singer if singing the anthem in such a politically charged environment would ruin her career. What a question, huh?

2 Not asking her about it would have been a dereliction of journalistic integrity. We can respect someone, ask tough questions & hold them to account. It’s the American way. Republicans, lately, should try it. By the way, don’t play me, play lotto. Your odds are better. https://t.co/beU3kj6yMY

— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 8, 2019

She replied:

“People are going to have their opinions about whatever, and all I can deal with right now is what my heart says.”

“I just want them to know that we have a country that’s worth standing up for.”

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

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A student from a Tampa suburb is facing misdemeanor charges after an apparent confrontation with his teacher who wanted him to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 11-year-old refused to recite the pledge, telling his teacher that he believes the flag is racist and America's national anthem is offensive to black people, according to a Bay News 9 report that cited a statement the teacher gave to district officials. The teacher, who was substituting at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida, then had what appeared to be a contentious exchange with the sixth-grader.

If living in the United States "was so bad," why not go to another place to live? the teacher asked the student, according to the statement cited by Bay News 9.

"They brought me here," the boy replied.

The teacher responded by saying, "Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I'm not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live."

The teacher said in the statement that she called the district office because she did not want to keep dealing with the student, Bay News 9 reported.

The student was later charged with disruption of a school facility and resisting an officer without violence, Gary Gross, a spokesman for the Lakeland Police Department, told The Washington Post. Gross said the agency can't release further information because the student is a minor.

The Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem have been an increased source of tension after critics, including President Donald Trump, denounced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the anthem, an act to protest racial injustice and police brutality. But many also followed Kaepernick's lead and defended his right to free speech and to protest.

In 2017, a black student was expelled from her Houston high school for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. India Landry's silent protest prompted a lengthy legal battle in federal court, with the teen's family accusing the school of violating her free speech rights. Last year, the Texas attorney general intervened and defended a state law requiring students to recite the pledge.

In the Florida school, district spokesman Kyle Kennedy told the Ledger that the student was arrested for being "disruptive and refusing to follow repeated instructions" from an officer and school officials - and not for refusing to recite the pledge. Doing so is voluntary, Kennedy said. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that schools cannot require students to salute the flag or recite the pledge, citing First Amendment rights.

But the substitute teacher, whom district officials identified as Ana Alvarez, was not aware that the school does not require students to recite the pledge, the Ledger reported. Kennedy, who did not respond to requests for comment Sunday, added that officials will look at improving training for substitute teachers and that Alvarez no longer works at the district.

The student's mother, Dhakira Talbot, was not immediately available for comment Sunday, but she told Bay News 9 that the teacher was wrong and the school overstepped its authority by taking her son to a juvenile detention center. The child was suspended for three days following the Feb. 4 incident.

"I'm upset, I'm angry. I'm hurt. More so for my son. My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should've been handled differently," Talbot told the TV station, adding: "I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn't have been handled the way it was handled."

An arrest affidavit cited by Bay News 9 says that the student repeatedly called school officials racist and threatened to beat the teacher. Talbot denied those accusations.

Kennedy declined to discuss the student's discipline with local media outlets.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Newly elected freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has certainly made headlines after a surprising rise to politics with a resume touting bar-tending as her previous career.

She has generated a lot of buzz within the ranks of socialist Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders and those who support him.

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Almost daily, she is making new headlines, many of which are not the kind of headlines most people would be too excited about.

Following the Super Bowl, Ocasio-Cortez claimed NFL owners who don’t hire Colin Kaepernick would pay her suggested 70 percent tax, which sounds like a threat.

According to CNS News: “On the morning after the Super Bowl, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.), who has called for a 70-percent marginal income tax rate, sent out a Tweet observing that under her tax plan NFL owners “who refuse to hire Kaepernick” would be forced pay that 70 percent rate.”

She also stated that NFL players would not face the same taxation rate as owners.

“The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her tweet.

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“The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though,” she added.

For those that don’t remember, Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started a movement among players to kneel during the national anthem.

NFL.com quoted Kaepernick explaining why he did so in an Aug. 27, 2016 article:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick’s disrespect for the flag of a county that provided him so many opportunities did not bode well with most of the country, other than those still focusing on fueling divide.

Since making those comments, coupled with a talent that is average at best, Kaepernick has not and will probably never play in the NFL again.

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Newsmax

Published  2 weeks ago

CBS, the network broadcasting the NFL's Super Bowl on Sunday, rejected an ad from a U.S. veteran owned and operated company, Nine Line Apparel, which dared to take a shot at social injustice champion Colin Kaepernick.

"Don't ask if your loyalty is crazy, ask if your loyalty is crazy enough," the 45-second ad begins on a YouTube posted headlined "Our Super Bowl Ad Got Rejected."

Nike, a world leader in sports apparel, had used Kaepernick in an ad that ended: "So don't ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they are crazy enough."

Despite annual revenues of $25 million, CBS was "not satisfied" the company could pay for the ad – although a Nine Line spokesperson said the rejection was based on content and not coin, the Washington Examiner reported.

"CBS's purported reason for rejecting a Super Bowl commercial that extols patriotism is totally out of bounds," Nine Line Apparel CEO Tyler Merritt said, per the Examiner. "Let's call this what it is: a blatant attempt to censor a message that their politically correct executives find offensive.

"We urge Americans who believe it's important to show respect for our flag and national anthem to join us in calling out this offensive bias. It's time to give a penalty flag to CBS."

The company took a jab at the NFL and Nike's Kaepernick ad, instead promoting a "pro-flag 'Just Stand' . . . pro-America, pro-police, pro-military" ad, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik tweeted Sunday.

"Some people think you're crazy for being loyal, defending the Constitution, standing for the flag – then I guess I'm crazy," Benghazi survivor U.S. Marine Mark Geist narrates in the Nine Line Apparel ad.

"For those who kneel, they fail to understand that they can kneel, that they can protest, that they can despise what I stand for, even hate the truth that I speak, but they can only do that because I am crazy enough."

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WayneDupree.com

Published  2 weeks ago

Superstar rap artist Cardi B claims she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl LIII. She also said that she struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity to support ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

Ok, let’s rewind. Cardi B said she turned down plenty of money to perform at the Superbowl, but she was there performing during Superbowl LIII weekend, dancing with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. These “mixed feelings” about taking the stage seemed to have gone the way of the bye-bye, so it seems.

But she got paid to perform at the NFL Superbowl Weekend. What gives?

Los Angeles Sports Anchor Liz Habib didn’t allow the rapper to get away with that excuse. She tweeted out the following:

What kind of BS is this??? Cardi B took plenty of money to perform at a Super Bowl Party today. At The Fanatics party- she danced with Bob Kraft. What kind of selective boycott is this?

What kind of BS is this??? Cardi B took plenty of money to perform at a Super Bowl Party today. At The Fanatics party- she danced with Bob Kraft. What kind of selective boycott is this? https://t.co/6JsU8x2AGr

Then Liz had some words for those angry at Maroon 5 for performing at Superbowl halftime show

. @maroon5 will only become more successful becuz of their Super Bowl halftime show. All these other artists criticizing them are trying to grab some of that publicity for themselves.

It seems Cardi B and Colin Kaepernick are one of a kind. They claim they are doing something for a purpose, but it turns out they are hypocrites. Kaepernick could have taken a job on an NFL team, but he probably wouldn’t have started. He claims he took a knee to bring awareness to police violence against black men across America, but he found this new direction after the San Franciso 49ers benched him.

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He’s not a hero; he’s an opportunist. Cardi B felt that if she publicly said she was doing something in Kaepernick’s name, she would be held in high regard. She took money to appear during Superbowl weekend, and that makes her a hypocrite.

Just because she didn’t perform at the NFL Superbowl halftime show for money doesn’t give her a pass to perform at the NFL Superbowl Eve Party. It’s all the same thing.

Habib was on point with her response, and hopefully, others see how much of a hypocrite Cardi B. Sure the rapper got her money, but she should also be seen as someone who didn’t stand for Kaepernick after all.

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This year's Super Bowl opener and halftime show have been plagued with controversy. Entertainers who agree to perform are catching heat from leftists who claim their attendance is a slight to former NFL quarterback and national anthem-kneeler Colin Kaepernick.

But at least one star, Gladys Knight, is not backing down. The legendary singer has confirmed that she will sing the national anthem before Sunday's game and has outright rejected the idea that the anthem has any connection to Kaepernick's activist causes. To Knight, the song should be a unifying force for all Americans.

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice," said the 74-year-old in a statement, according to TMZ. "It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

"I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice," declared Knight, "to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good."

"I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country's Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII," she added. "No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it."

"I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us," said Knight.

The singer reiterated her pro-anthem stance on The Today Show on Friday, again noting that her performance would be an opportunity to bring unity in the country.

As reported by The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien on Thursday, Pink Floyd's co-lead vocalist Roger Waters implored halftime performers to take a knee during their shows as a nod to Kaepernick.

"There is a petition on Change.org aimed at persuading Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi to take a knee at halftime on Sunday," wrote Waters. "This is my band taking a knee at the end of a gig in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday 24th of September 2017. We did it in solidarity with San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s gesture of protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land. It was the third Sunday of Colin Kaepernick’s lock out by the NFL. The message was clear, 'Shut your mouth, boy!'"

"Colin Kaepernick is an American hero," he added. "If the USA is to have a future, it is the Colin Kaepernicks of this world who will lead you there, in fact, it is Colin Kaepernick who is leading you now."

Kaepernick took a knee during the 2016 season soon after his career in the league began to tank. The former 49er said of his national anthem-kneeling: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." The athlete also wore socks to practice which depicted police officers as pigs.

H/t The Blaze

NewsBusters

Published  2 weeks ago

Before music legend Gladys Knight sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII on Sunday evening, Don Lemon -- host of the weeknight CNN Tonight program -- told her that another performer “basically

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Guest post by Mike LaChance at American Lookout Nine Line Apparel is a company which was started by a survivor of Benghazi. He created an ad for his company which asks people to “just stand.” It is obviously a reaction to the Kaepernick kneeling controversy. The ad stars Benghazi hero Mark Geist. And CBS won’t […]

john pavlovitz

Published  2 weeks ago

Colin Kaepernick was right about us, white America. He was right to kneel because when he did, he fully exposed us. He exposed us as we became viscerally disgusted, not by the reckless disregard of black lives, but by the earnest and open declaration of black grief at their premature passing. He exposed us when… Continue Reading Colin Kaepernick Was Right About Us

WayneDupree.com

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'The Ingraham Angle' explains why the out-of-work, anthem-kneeling Colin Kaepernick should have nothing to do with this year's Super Bowl

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Today is a day of much despair with the angry left as the hated New England Patriots led by superstar Tom Brady will take the field for their record ninth Super Bowl which they stand a good shot at winning.

Not that liberals really care much about football but they managed to gain a foothold in the sports world with their idolatry of the now unemployed militant cop-hater Colin Kaepernick and have proceeded to interject their socialist and racial ideologies into the game, much to the dismay of actual sports fans.

Other than defending Kaepernick’s futile battle against what has always been a workplace issue, the political left revels in hating on Brady and the Pats because the quarterback happened to be spotted with a MAGA hat in his locker two years ago and because New England aka “Trump’s team” has become another proxy in their ongoing war with the duly elected POTUS.

It should come as no surprise that the idea is now being pushed that anyone who happens to cheer for the Patriots is a white supremacist as the ongoing demonization and dehumanization campaign against the 63 million people who voted for Trump continues to intensify.

This latest disgusting assertion comes from the far-left Daily Beast, a trashy website that serves as one of the preferred forums for Deep State conspiracy theories that the president has long been a secret Kremlin sleeper agent.

According to the Beast: Their star quarterback, coach, and owner all supported Trump. But that’s not the only thing that makes the Super Bowl LIII-bound Patriots the preferred team of white nationalists.

"Look, it doesn’t matter if the Patriots like it or not, they are the official team of American White Nationalism, the MAGA Boys On the Field" – @corbinasmithhttps://t.co/IAoGt1Y04E

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 2, 2019

The following is excerpted from the sick piece of hatemongering propaganda entitled “Tom Brady’s New England Patriots Are Team MAGA, Whether They Like It or Not”:

Of course, even if you do know stuff about Brady you may still think he’s on his way to pursuing this line of grifting. He flashed a red MAGA hat, an accoutrement that is gaining more and more traction as a symbol of white nationalism in America, in his locker back in the primary days. He wasn’t the only one! Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick wrote a goddamn letter to Trump right before the end of the campaign that basically amounted to an endorsement, that Trump then read on stage. And Pats’ owner Robert Kraft is also his pal, and was even shouted out at Trump’s pre-Inauguration dinner in D.C. for his most deep-pocketed donors.

Look, it doesn’t matter if the Patriots like it or not, they are the official team of American White Nationalism, the MAGA Boys On the Field. You can’t implicitly or explicitly support Trump, who reads speeches written by Stephen Miller as a matter of course, play in a market whose sporting culture is renowned for its racism, have a decade-plus organizational obsession with undersized white receivers, and be called, no shit, the Patriots, without getting the vile Fox News Soup that poisoned half the country on your shirt. Try to put on a bib of distancing yourself, deflecting questions, telling everyone your wife told you to stop talking about it, that shit isn’t gonna work. You’re the MAGA Kid. It’s on you forever. It stalks and haunts you.

When you root for the Patriots, you are associating yourself with a virulent and revolting strain of politics that seeks to Make America Great Again—which is to say, white, European, English-speaking.

And look, I understand if you’ve been rooting for Boston teams your whole life. Fandom is a hard drug to quit. But please, look at yourself, look at who these guys put out for, and reconsider. Think about if you would want to find yourself in a crowd of sweaty, white men chanting WE’RE STILL HERE while a Trump supporter egged you on. Are you one-hundred percent sure you’re comfortable with that?

This insane screed is further proof that liberals are clueless whether the football is pumped or stuffed, it’s only an extension of their bitter race-baiting agenda to them. The writer clearly needs his meds adjusted – at the very minimum and perhaps a stay in a mental health facility would be beneficial as well.

If history is any sort of indication of future events then look for a cavalcade of exploding heads about 10 PM ET tonight after “Trump’s team” gets another Vince Lombardi Trophy to add to their already stuffed trophy case which will make for a lot of mean liberal drunks. Hopefully, the nation’s suicide crisis hotlines have anticipated a drastic spike in volume and have staffed accordingly.

Kickoff is at 6:30 PM ET on CBS.

I Love My Freedom

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Social justice warriors and their liberal allies are outraged that a building bearing a large mural of self-anointed civil rights icon Colin Kaepernick has been demolished only days before the Super Bowl. The building which was

Brothers Before Others

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*Disclaimer: The below opinion piece solely represents the opinion of the writer and does not, by proxy, reflect the opinion of individual members or the collective belief of Brothers Before Others Inc. as a whole*

I’ve stayed quiet all season. I’ve watched as police officer after police officer flocked back to the NFL as though history had been rewritten; history that was no more than days ago, in some cases. I’ve watched as police officers posed with their families, grinning ear to ear at tailgates, stadium tours, autograph signings and from their seats at games. I’ve watched police officers debate like school girls on virtually every form of social media over who’s team was better. I’ve watched as police officer after police officer seemingly forgot. Nothing to see here. No apology needed. Never did anything to me.

But, I remember.

I remember December 2014 when five Saint Louis Rams players marched onto the field prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders in a “Hands Up/Don’t Shoot” pose, allegedly showing support for the ‘protestors’ in Ferguson. Despite supporting a debunked lie, empowering riotous behavior and stoking the flames of rage against the American police officer, those five players were neither fined by the NFL nor disciplined by their team, as they were simply exercising their “right to free speech”.

I remember February of 2016 where, on the national stage of Super Bowl Sunday, Beyonce and her crew of backup dancers paid homage, both on and off filed, to the Black Panthers; the same Black Panthers that had been well known for violence against police officers as far back as 1968, less than two full years following their founding, when Eldridge Cleaver led an ambush of the Oakland Police Department. The Black Panthers have also famously played a role in the murders of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

I remember July of 2016 when, long before they went ‘arm in arm’ to kneel for our National Anthem, members of the Dallas Cowboys marched onto their training facility field, arm in arm with Dallas Police Chief David Brown and family members of the the five Dallas area police officers who were assassinated that same month while protecting a protest march largely in protest OF law enforcement. Imagine that? The Cowboys also went so far as to have special helmet stickers made up and affixed to their helmets. Well, it seems THAT kind of free speech isn’t the protected kind. The NFL denied the Cowboys the right to wear the helmet stickers for their home opener (ironically against the Los Angeles Rams), citing “uniformity”.

I remember September of 2016 when, what was clearly a calculated move to save a sinking source of income, San Francisco 49’ers disenfranchised quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, decided to make a new career as a malcontented activist, kneeling for our National Anthem, mocking capitalism (the very same capitalism that had and still affords him a charmed life), and disrespecting law enforcement at seemingly every turn. That month, Kaepernick famously decided to sport socks depicting police officers as ‘pigs’, a long recognized association meant to demean law enforcement. He was also all over every form of social media, most times incoherently, ranting about social issues that, until HE suddenly decided they did, had never seemed to effect him. Ironic that this ‘moment of clarity’ coincided with no one needing his quarterback services anymore. But I’m sure that is all completely coincidental.

I remember October of that same year when, in an attempt to not be outdone by Kaepernick, Washington Redskins receiver, DeSean Jackson, chose to wear cleats designed to appear as though they were wrapped in caution tape for his Week 4 game against the Cleveland Browns. Jackson claimed that he wore the cleats to “bring attention to police brutality in communities”.

The list goes on and on. So I won’t bore you more than I already have. But this is not just a list of affronts to the law enforcement community. This is a list of flagrant hypocrisy committed by spoiled, well-paid, privileged athletes. It’s almost amusing that the NFL would collectively have such a distaste for law enforcement, especially when you consider that they’ve AVERAGED 55 players arrested each year, dating as far back as 2000; and that’s only the arrests that have been reported. Below is a link detailing over 900 arrests, in date order, as reported by USA Today (a notoriously left-leaning publication). As you peruse this list of achievements, I want you to remember that these are the very same players who are sitting in judgement of the American police officer and an oppressive society that just happens to have paid them millions of dollars.

https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nfl/arrests/

On the eve of the latest installment of the Felon Bowl, if you are someone who supports law enforcement or are active/retired sworn personnel, I want you to consider that the NFL has bet all their money on the fact that supporting law enforcement will cost them more dollars in their pockets than allowing law enforcement to be disrespected and misrepresented by their employees on company time. The NFL has bet all of their money that the law enforcement community, as a whole, is too passive and disjointed to take any kind of meaningful and cohesive stand; certainly too disorganized to take any kind of stand that would cost the league any sizable profit.

I am a father and a family man. As such, I understand the need for family time and for bonding with our children. I also understand the draw to nostalgic traditions. But I am also a police officer; a police officer with AT LEAST eight more years to go. I can not and will not support a tax-exempt billion dollar industry that has, by action or lack of action, directly contributed to the increased violence towards my coworkers and I. I will not expose my family to a game that has been hijacked and used as a political platform to drive people apart instead of entertainment meant to bring people together. I will not exhibit full-blown ‘Stockholm Syndrome” and support an entity that has directly hurt and disrespected my profession and my flag.

I am a family man; and my family includes my ‘blue family’; and, sometimes, family doesn’t see eye to eye, and that’s ok. But I am here to tell you that, if you support the NFL via viewership or actual dollars, you are abandoning your profession; and there’s no nice way of saying that. If it soothes your soul to say, “Never did nothing to me”, then so be it. But me?

I still remember.

Conservative News Today

Published  2 weeks ago

Race-baiting agitator Colin Kaepernick’s narcissism knows no bounds. On Friday the unemployed former NFL star sicced his pitbull, attorney Mark Geragos, on the pop rock band Maroon 5 for having the apparent gall to perform at the most-watched event of the year. Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” his attorney aimed his fury specifically at the band’s […]

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

With the Super Bowl only days away, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is defending himself despite the avalanche of criticism over his decision to accept the NFL’s offer to perform during the Super Bowl. He is assuring critics that their voices will be heard.

The singer also hinted that his performance would contain elements of social justice.

Levine spoke to TV’s Entertainment Tonight and noted that he and his bandmates “expected” the criticism when they took on the NFL’s offer.

“We expected it,” the rocker said of the backlash. “We’d like to move on from it, and like I said earlier, speak through the music.”

A large number of entertainers announced that they would refuse any offer from the NFL to play the half time show, citing the plight of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who found his career at a standstill after spending the 2016 season protesting during the national anthem.

The league spent months looking for someone or some group to perform during the game until Maroon 5 finally agreed to accept the gig.

The “Girls Like You” singer suggested that those who support social justice “will be” heard during the half time show.

Hinting that he intends to turn his half time performance into a platform for social justice, Levine added, “That’s all I want to say. Because I don’t want to spoil anything.”

Levine also said that he thinks his own reputation should be well enough known not to be questioned.

“I’ve never been more excited in my life to present this to the people because I believe that it’s truly a reflection of all of us,” Levine added. “I’d like to think that people know where I stand as a human being after two decades of doing this. So what I’d say is we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, hopefully without becoming politicians, to make people understand we got you.”

The Grammy Award-winner said he and his band thought long and hard about what they should do during their performance. But he also said he spoke to many people as he pondered the show.

“Most importantly though, I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision about how I felt,” he said.

“I think that to have not done that would have been deeply irresponsible,” Levine said.

MAGAMEDIA

Published  2 weeks ago

It's Super Bowl weekend and some people are upset that Colin Kaepernick isn't playing on a football team. It doesn’t matter if the team he played on would have made it to the Super Bowl. They just wanted him on a team.

Well, I’m upset too, but not because he isn’t playing. Instead, I’m upset that he is being treated like a victim and martyr, which he isn’t. This bestowed-upon victimization and martyrdom, as a result of his alleged sacrifice of not playing, has somehow elevated him to the levels of our great Civil Rights leaders.

Not so fast! What has he sacrificed?

I am appalled that some blacks would so easily raise this rich spoiled brat to the levels of the great men and women of the Civil Rights Movement like Martin Luther King, Fanny Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Jackie Robinson, Medgar Evers, The Little Rock Nine and so many others who sacrificed greatly so that individuals (black, white, red, regardless of religion or ethnicity, gender, etc.) would not be denied their God-given rights and be treated as human beings.

The only thing Kaepernick has done is kneel on a football field to call attention - so he says - to the injustices blacks have received by the criminal justice system. Never mind the fact there is a problem in the black community and the problem is addressing the violence and disrespect for law enforcement by blacks. Can I also add a more serious problem is the lack of respect by blacks for other blacks lives? But I won’t digress.

To say Kaepernick is a victim or martyr because an NFL team doesn’t want him to play because of his kneeling is foolish and makes light of the efforts by those whose shoulders he stands (kneels on). His isn’t a sacrifice by any means.

Let’s be honest with some straight talk. Former NFL player Tim Tebow knelt on the football field many times and was ridiculed. Tebow was laughed at and called all sorts of names, but he kept on kneeling. Many other players have prayed on the field and looked up to the sky to thank an Almighty God after a touchdown or team victory. Why then would kneeling on the field (and during the National Anthem) keep an NFL team from allowing Kaepernick to play? By the way, after he decided not to play for a team (it's rumored he didn’t like the offer $$$$ he was being given) some players kept on kneeling.

To this date, players (black and white) are still kneeling. Many supporters of the gridiron sport don’t like the kneeling and some networks won’t air it, but it’s still being done. If I can also add, some NFL team owners have offered to work with football players to address what the players perceive as injustices in the black communities by law enforcement.

The New England Patriots, a team playing in the Super Bowl, has even given millions to inner city causes to fight injustices and create educational programs. Even the president of the United States, President Donald J. Trump, has reached out to players and said let’s have a dialogue to address the concerns they have. Crickets from some black players. Well, the president didn’t wait. He got Criminal Justice Reform passed, which is huge.

So with all this being done, what is Kaepernick’s beef? Why isn’t he on a team and why are blacks upset? Last I heard Kaepernick was making millions from endorsement deals like NIKE. With NIKE, he has his own clothing and shoe line. Cash money not sacrifices.

Scratching my head. It’s not a racial issue, as many liberals would have you to believe. It looks to me like a money issue and NFL teams not wanting Kaepernick's drama.

For argument purposes, let’s just say Kaepernick is sacrificing; something to note, the Civil Rights Leaders of the past didn’t get paid for their sacrifices and martyrdom, while Kaepernick is raking in millions and laughing all the way to the bank. Damn Shame!

Blunt Force Truth

Published  2 weeks ago

Is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent “wealth tax” racially motivated?

On the morning after the Super Bowl, the New York lawmaker took to Twitter to remind people that under her tax plan, NFL owners “who refuse to hire Kaepernick” would be forced pay that 70 percent rate.

NFL players, she said, would not be subject to her socialist policy.

“The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

“The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though,” she added.

The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate.

The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though. https://t.co/AnST2lCiU9

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2019

Her tweet was in response to Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, who mocked that Ocasio-Cortez’s 70 percent tax should be applied to the New England Patriots, who won their sixth Super Bowl on Sunday.

She also referred to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who hasn’t been signed by any of the league’s 32 teams since he spent most of the 2016 season kneeling during the national anthem.

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cbsnews

Published  3 weeks ago

The following is a transcript of the interview with President Trump airing Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, on "Face the Nation"

Conservative News Today

Published  3 weeks ago

Proud, flag-loving patriots who hate seeing the American flag be disrespected may have no other option but to tune out of the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. The show has been mired in controversy because of a concerted effort by radical far-left activists to stop any artist from performing at the event. To them, any […]

Washington Examiner

Published  3 weeks ago

A veteran-owned apparel company’s pro-flag Super Bowl TV ad that punches back at Nike's promotion of Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests has been rejected by CBS.

According to the firm, Nine Line Apparel, CBS was apparently not satisfied the firm could pay for the 45 second ad, despite having annual revenues of $25 million. A spokesman for Nine Line charged that CBS didn’t like the ad’s content.

The ad features soldiers, first responders, and images of military graves decorated with American flags and gives credit to them for protecting the rights of those like Kaepernick to protest.

It appears to open up where the ad Kaepernick narrated and starred in ended.

Nike’s minute-long ad, which debuted at the beginning of the 2018 NFL season to great fanfare and controversy, shows Kaepernick at the end saying, “So don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they are crazy enough.”

The ad celebrated sports achievers but was controversial because if featured the former San Francisco Giants quarterback who started a wave of political protests by kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the treatment of minorities.

Nine Line Apparel’s ad opens with, “Don’t ask if your loyalty is crazy. Ask if it’s crazy enough.”

It is narrated by Benghazi survivor, U.S. Marine Mark Geist. “Some people think you’re crazy for being loyal, defending the Constitution, standing for the flag. Then I guess I’m crazy,” he said in it.

“For those who kneel, they fail to understand that they can kneel, that they can protest, that they can despise what I stand for, even hate the truth that I speak, but they can only do that because I am crazy enough,” he adds.

Nine Line Apparel CEO Tyler Merritt ripped the rejection of his ad.

"CBS’s purported reason for rejecting a Super Bowl commercial that extols patriotism is totally out of bounds. Let’s call this what it is: a blatant attempt to censor a message that their politically correct executives find offensive. We urge Americans who believe it’s important to show respect for our flag and national anthem to join us in calling out this offensive bias. It’s time to give a penalty flag to CBS."

The firm is overtly patriotic. Nine Line Apparel’s “About Us” page on its webpage, reads:

"Nine Line Apparel represents the grit and commitment of all Patriotic Americans. Founded on the principles similar to other value based organizations, Nine Line aims to promote the issues faced by all those who have served their country, on both foreign and domestic soil. Nine Line encourages a conversation between those who serve and those who support them.

"Our goal is to bridge the gap between civilians and service members, whether they are military veterans, law enforcement, or first responders. At Nine Line, we know that only united can the American people fight injustice and preserve our freedom and independence. We aim to be a voice for the people, a channel through which patriotic Americans can make themselves heard."

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters urged Super Bowl halftime show performers to take knees on stage in support of Colin Kaepernick in a message posted to his social media page Wednesday.

“Colin Kaepernick is an American hero. If the USA is to have a future, it is the Colin Kaepernicks of this world who will lead you there, in fact, it is Colin Kaepernick who is leading you now,” Roger Waters said in the statement.

“My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are performing during the halftime show at the Super-bowl this coming Sunday, I call upon them to ‘take a knee’ on stage in full sight,” the 75-year-old rocker said.

“I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister.”

The “Brick in the Wall” singer’s statement continued with him saying that taking a knee would upset “all the Presidents (sic) men.” He also included a video of him and his band kneeling during a performance in 2017.

“My mother used to say to me, ‘In any situation there is nearly always a right thing to do, just do it.’ So, there you go my brothers, you are faced with a choice, I’m not saying it will be easy, all the Presidents men, all the huffers and puffers, will be royally pissed off, but, $#@%’em, I call upon you to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know it,” the “Money” musician said.

In 2016, the British crooner performed with anti-Trump messages appearing him behind him, such as “Trump is a pig.”

He defended the use of anti-Trump imagery in 2017, saying, “What we need is to survive his presidency because it’s totally unpredictable. I don’t think he knows what he’s going to do.”

WayneDupree.com

Published  1 month ago

Legendary Icon Gladys Knight will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Superbowl, and ignorant millennials and Colin Kaepernick fans are angry.

It’s always interesting to see all the complainers when someone decides to make their own decisions. Just because someone doesn’t do what you think they should, they are wrong? If Gladys Knight wants to sing, let her sing. If you don’t want to watch, don’t watch it.

Make your own decisions and let others make theirs. It’s not always about your cause or about what you think.

Trouncing this star that has paved the way for many of today’s artist is just ridiculous. I can’t stand the sight of the responses. As a matter of fact, I won’t even post them in respect to Ms. Knight.

Gladys Knight will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta.

The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Travis Scott during the halftime performance.

CBS broadcasts this year’s Super Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

It’s truly amazing that artists like Jay-Z have the nerve to condemn Travis Scott for performing at the Super Bowl this year but won’t condemn R. Kelly [allegedly using young girls as sex slaves] or remove their collaborations like other artists. What type of message is that sending?

She said; “I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” so regardless of what anyone thinks or says, she wants to do it. The end. Either watch it or don’t.

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UPROXX

Published  1 month ago

Gladys Knight is a Motown legend. Her music was the soundtrack to some of the Civil Rights movements greatest moments, so it makes sense that she would consider herself somewhat of an authority on the social justice concerns of Black people in this country. This is exactly why her recent comments about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick came as a bit of surprise. On Friday, the 74-year-old singer — who was recently tapped to sing the National Anthem next month at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta — told TMZ she thought it was “unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

Knight’s comments were in direct response to the Kaepernick’s ongoing dispute with the NFL. In the fall of 2016, Kaepernick — then a member of San Francisco 49ers — decided to kneel during the singing of the national as a sign of protest against police brutality and socioeconomic inequality faced by Black people in America. Many feel Kaepernick’s protest resulted in him getting blackballed from the league.

Knight told TMZ that she understood and agreed with the intention of the 31-year-old athlete’s protest, but that she found Kaepernick’s use of the singing of the National Anthem to stage this protest to be inappropriate. “No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it.”

All eyes will be on another musical event happening at the Super Bowl on February 3. After much controversy, that was also rumored to involve Kaepernick, Travis Scott will be performing at the game’s halftime show.

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 month ago

Soul singer Gladys Knight has agreed to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, and she just blasted Colin Kaepernick.

In a statement to Variety, Knight said she is aware of why Kaepernick claims he is protesting the national anthem, but made it clear she wants the song to have its “purpose” again.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight wrote to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The statement continued: “I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3, to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life.”

Kaepernick has a long history of making disgusting anti-American and anti-police comments that have not sat well with many people.

Over Labor Day weekend, Nike revealed that Kaepernick would be the new face of the campaign, which previously to embody athletes that display courage, sacrifice, and heroism — something Kaepernick does not even come close to representing.

In April, Kaepernick was given the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, and he used his acceptance speech to describe police officers using deadly force against minorities as “lawful lynchings.”

In April 2017, the Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a group named in honor of Assata Shakur, a woman who was found guilty and convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and sent to prison.

In Aug. 2016, Kaepernick slandered America’s flag while defending his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The cop-supporting activist often boasts about promoting one race over another, supports cop-killers, took a knee to disrespect the national anthem, and raised $25,000 for a group honoring a cop killer.

Polling also shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans disagree with players disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag.

With everything considered, many are applauding Knight for her bold statement and comments about wanting the national anthem to have its “purpose” again.

The anthem should be associated with the brave men and women who sacrificed everything to protect the nation, not a millionaire athlete using his platform to smear police for attention.

WSJ

Published  1 month ago

Gillette addresses ‘toxic masculinity’ in a new digital ad campaign aimed at men, the latest message from an advertiser attempting to change societal norms.

the Guardian

Published  1 month ago

Backlash includes call for boycott of maker P&G, complaining the We Believe commercial is ‘insulting’ and ‘emasculates men’

WND

Published  1 month ago

Does Michael Bloomberg draft his climate change “fuel conservation” ravings aboard his private jet…? pic.twitter.com/c2iBTBBtzr

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 31, 2018

Known as a rare, outspoken Hollywood conservative, actor James Woods took a jab at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for emphasizing during an interview this week measures to combat climate change while maintaining his jet-set lifestyle.

Woods asked in a tweet Monday: “Does Michael Bloomberg draft his climate change ‘fuel conservation’ ravings aboard his private jet…?”

The Conservative Tribune noted that in an interview Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Bloomberg, a possible 2020 presidential candidate, spent “[v]irtually every moment” talking about climate change and energy.

Bloomberg himself tweeted Sunday morning: “Addressing climate change is an urgent challenge – and a great opportunity. I joined @ChuckTodd to discuss both. Watch now: https://mikebloom.bg/2StWMEU”

The Conservative Tribune cited a 2013 news analysis by the New York Times pointing out that “one round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.”

“The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10.”

That means five long flights a year would “account for three-quarters of the emissions you create,” the Times said.

The Conservative Tribune pointed out some of Woods’ recent viral tweets, including holding CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta to account for complaining about the establishment media being called the “enemy of the people.”

“Dear Jim, of course the press is not the enemy of the people. Unbiased, honest, responsible journalism is a bulwark of free society. Vain, narcissistic, biased blather is not journalism. You are, sir, are not a journalist, but you are the enema of the people. @Acosta @PressSec”

In September, Woods criticized Nike for using former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — the instigator of the NFL “kneeling” protests — as a spokesman.

“What’s most powerful in this video is the images of police officers having a face-to-face gun battle with the kill-crazy gunman,” the actor said, referring to a Nike promo featuring Kaepernick. “These are the men and women @Nike chooses to degrade, disparage, and humiliate. #StandForLawEnforcement http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/08/cincinnati-police-release-footage-gunman-firing-shots-at-anyone-sees.html”

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

According to liberals, you’re supposed to hate Chick-fil-A – and we’re not talking about the food here. Even staunch lefties will admit the chicken is delicious. No, you’re supposed to hate Chick-fil-A because of its Christian roots. You’re supposed to hate it because its founder was a devout southern Baptist and the company still hews to those beliefs.

You’re supposed to boycott the entire chain, you’re supposed to scream like a banshee if one opens in your neighborhood, and you’re supposed to pretend (as the New Yorker does) that the growth of the Chick-fil-A empire represents a “creepy infiltration.”

Unfortunately for the left, and fortunately for Chick-fil-A’s bottom line, you’re not doing any of that.

The boycotts have failed and, thanks to skyrocketing sales, Chick-fil-A is set to become the nation’s third largest fast food chain before the year is out.

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The chicken chain is set to become the third-largest restaurant by sales in 2018, up from the No. 7 spot in 2017, according to Kalinowski Equity Research.

People have been predicting that Chick-fil-A could snag the No. 3 spot — behind reigning champ McDonald’s and Starbucks — for quite some time. However, initial predictions anticipated Chick-fil-A would take the spot in 2020. In April, analyst Mark Kalinowski updated his forecast, saying Chick-fil-A could take the No. 3 spot by 2019.

Now, Kalinowski is predicting that Chick-fil-A’s system sales will increase by roughly 12 to 15% in 2018, allowing the chain to snag the bronze medal of the restaurant industry.

Not bad for a company that AdAge worried would be damaged by its support of traditional marriage back in 2012:

Fast-growing chicken chain Chick-fil-A has long been known for sticking to its conservative roots. In a 2010 interview with Ad Age , an exec said the restaurant would sell hamburgers before it would consider opening on a Sunday. But what was once seen as an almost charming quirk of a Southern restaurant is increasingly coming under fire as the franchise funnels money into political causes that are seen as retrograde by large numbers of consumers once willing to give it a pass.

Things came to a head last week when an interview that Chick-fil-A President-Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy did with the Baptist Press hit the internet.

In short, Mr. Cathy, son of founder S. Truett Cathy, affirmed the company’s support of what he considers traditional marriage. “Guilty as charged,” Mr. Cathy told the magazine. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”

Gasp! These are things a modern corporation just doesn’t say if it wants to succeed. They’re supposed to toe the politically correct line and get someone like Colin Kaepernick to be a spokesman.

Yet, here we are. Chick-fil-A is pulling ahead of Subway, Taco Bell, Burger King, and Wendy’s. To take the top spot, it still has to conquer Subway – which has over-expansion problems compounded by image issues and a mediocre product – and McDonald’s, which, let’s face it, is just plain gross. If they could somehow claim Ronald McDonald’s crown, the cows would be safe and everyone would “Eat Mor Chikin.”

Apparently, it pays to stick to your philosophical guns and stay closed on Sunday.

The views expressed in this opinion article are those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by the owners of this website.

Dan Bongino

Published  2 months ago

An award-winning reporter and editor for German magazine Der Spiegel has resigned after admitting to fabricating stories and sources, as well as making up quotes for his articles.

Claas Relotius wrote about 60 articles for the magazine and was the recipient of CNN’s 2014 “Journalist of the Year” award.

Relotius told Der Spiegel, “I am sick and I need to get help.”

Some of Relotius’ fabricated works include a phone interview with the parents of NFL player Colin Kaepernick, and a story about a woman in the U.S. who claimed to have witnessed executions of death row inmates.

Relotius also drew the fury of locals in Fergus Falls, Minn., after spending three weeks in town and fabricating facts, characters and quotes from people in an effort to portray the town in a negative light.

“What happened is beyond what I could have ever imagined: An article titled ‘Where they pray for Trump on Sundays,’ and endless pages of an insulting, if not hilarious, excuse for journalism,” wrote Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn who investigated Relotius’ Der Spiegel article about the town.

Both Anderson and Krohn went on to reveal that the article doesn’t contain any truth except for the town’s population, the average temperature, and names of the businesses or public figures.

Nearly everything else, including a coal plant employee named Neil Becker, who doesn’t actually exist, or quotes from a restaurant employee, who was falsely called the owner of a restaurant and whose son was given a fictional illness, was made up.

Relotius was first suspected of fabricating stories back in November when another reporter worked with him on a story about a border militia in Arizona.

For the full story, click HERE.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

The German magazine Der Spiegel revealed Wednesday that one of its top award-winning journalists fabricated many of his articles, inventing characters, sources, and their quotes “on a grand scale” for many years.

Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, admitted to fabricating parts of at least 14 stories following the magazine’s internal investigation. The publication said the issue “marks a low point in the 70-year history of Der Spiegel.”

“I am sick and I need to get help,” he reportedly told the magazine.

“I am sick and I need to get help.”

— Claas Relotius, former CNN Journalist of the Year

The reporter contributed around 60 articles to Der Spiegel, one of the leading German magazines for investigative reporting. He previously worked for other publications in Europe and won awards such as CNN Journalist of the Year in 2014.

The fabricated articles include a phone interview with the parents of free agent NFL player Colin Kaepernick and a story about an American woman who claims to have volunteered to witness the executions of death row inmates.

Relotius also drew the fury of locals in Fergus Falls, Minn., after spending three weeks in town and fabricating facts, characters and quotes from people in an effort to portray the town in a negative light.

"What happened is beyond what I could have ever imagined: An article titled ‘Where they pray for Trump on Sundays,’ and endless pages of an insulting, if not hilarious, excuse for journalism."

— Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn

“What happened is beyond what I could have ever imagined: An article titled ‘Where they pray for Trump on Sundays,’ and endless pages of an insulting, if not hilarious, excuse for journalism,” wrote Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn who investigated Relotius’ Der Spiegel article about the town.

Both Anderson and Krohn went on to reveal that the article doesn’t contain any truth except for the town’s population, the average temperature, and names of the businesses or public figures.

Nearly everything else, including a coal plant employee named Neil Becker, who doesn’t actually exist, or quotes from a restaurant employee, who was falsely called the owner of a restaurant and whose son was given a fictional illness, was made up.

Relotius’ work was first called into question in November after another reporter for the magazine worked with him on a story about a border militia in Arizona. The reporter found that the supposed interviews never happened.

The Relotius case resembles past instances where journalists have been caught fabricating stories. Those accused previously have included Stephen Glass, who was fired from the New Republic magazine, Jayson Blair, fired from the New York Times, and Janet Cooke, a Washington Post reporter whose story about a child addicted to heroin won a Pulitzer Price before it was revealed to be a fabrication.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

News Punch

Published  2 months ago

A reporter who was awarded CNN’s “Journalist of the Year” prize has resigned from his job and admitted to writing fake news for several years because he felt “pressure.”

“I am sick and I need to get help,” Claas Relotius said after resigning from his job. In his confession, he explained, “It was fear of failing,” that made him falsify the news for liberal outlets. “My pressure to not be able to fail got ever bigger the more successful I became.”

According to Der Spiegel, Relotius, an employee, “made up stories and invented protagonists” in many of his articles in order to push liberal talking points, demonize conservatives, and reinforce the globalist world view.

Relotius, who was awarded CNN’s highest prize for journalism in 2014, was exposed as a long-term writer of fake news after another reporter raised suspicions about a popular anti-Trump story he wrote recently about the US-Mexican border.

The colleague, Juan Moreno, tracked down two “sources” quoted extensively by Relotius in the article, which was published in November. Both “sources” said they had never met Relotius. Relotius had also lied about seeing a hand-painted sign that read “Mexicans keep out”, a subsequent investigation found.

But the story about the US-Mexico border was just the tip of the iceberg. Relotius has a long history of writing fake news to please CNN and other liberal outlets. Other fraudulent stories included one about a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, and a story about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Further bolstering CNN’s reputation for producing and rewarding fake news if it suits their agenda, Relotius, 33, immediately admitted to the scam and resigned.

Relotius told Spiegel he regretted his actions and was deeply ashamed. “I am sick and I need to get help,” he was quoted as saying.

It’s not the first time a journalist linked to CNN has admitted to producing fake news. According to Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist, CNN was routinely paid by the Obama government, as well as foreign governments, to selectively report on certain events and make up fake news stories.

Furthermore, the Obama administration paid CNN for editorial control over some of their content.

Zero Hedge

Published  2 months ago

German news magazine Der Spiegel has admitted that one of its top reporters has faked stories for several years.

Award-winning journalist Claas Relotius had "made up stories and invented protagonists" in approximately 14 out of 60 articles which appeared both in print and online editions. He had worked for Der Spiegel for seven years, winning numerous awards for his investigative journalism - including CNN's Journalist of the Year award in 2014, according to the Guardian.

Relotius, 33, tendered his resignation after admitting to the fraud.

Earlier this month Relotius won Germany's Reporter of the Year (Reporterpreis) honor for his story about a young Syrian boy. Since the report was written, it has emerged that all of the sources were hazy at best, and most of what he wrote was completely fabricated.

Claas Relotius: Er hat sein Talent missbraucht https://t.co/W7htj1oOJQ pic.twitter.com/KtZAsHwMOZ

— WELT (@welt) December 19, 2018

The falsification came to light after a colleague who worked with him on a story along the US-Mexican border raised suspicions about some of the details in Relotius’s reporting, having harboured doubts about him for some time.

The colleague, Juan Moreno, eventually tracked down two alleged sources quoted extensively by Relotius in the article, which was published in November. Both said they had never met Relotius. Relotius had also lied about seeing a hand-painted sign that read “Mexicans keep out”, a subsequent investigation found.

Other fraudulent stories included one about a Yemeni prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, and one about the American football star Colin Kaepernick. -Guardian

The Spiegel - which has an online readership of over 6.5 million and sells around 725,000 print copies per month, admitted to the fraud in a lengthy article in which they said they were "shocked" by the discovery - apologizing for anyone deceived by Relotius's "fraudulent quotes, made-up personal details or invented scenes at fictitious places."

The magazine added that Relotius had committed journalistic fraud "on a grand scale," and has described the incident as "a low point in Spiegel’s 70-year history."

Relotius worked for several other outlets, including Germany's taz, Welt and the Frankfurter Allgemeine's Sunday edition.

Relotius told Spiegel that he was deeply ashamed for his fabrications, claiming "I am sick and I need to get help."

Moreno, who has worked for the magazine since 2007, risked his own job when he confronted other colleagues with his suspicions, many of whom did not want to believe him. “For three to four weeks Moreno went through hell because colleagues and those senior to him did not want to believe his accusations at first,” Der Spiegel wrote in an apology to its readers. For several weeks, the magazine said, Relotius was even considered to be the victim of a cunning plot by Moreno.

“Relotius cleverly rebuffed all the attacks, all of Moreno’s well-researched pieces of evidence … until there came a point when that didn’t work any more, until he finally couldn’t sleep any more, hunted by the fear of being discovered,” the magazine wrote. -Guardian

After being confronted by a senior editor, Relotius finally caved and admitted to the fraud. In his confession, he said "It wasn’t because of the next big thing. It was fear of failing. My pressure to not be able to fail got ever bigger the more successful I became."

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

Claas Relotius, who was once named CNN Journalist of the Year, resigned from his job as a writer and editor at German news magazine Der Spiegel after confessing to purveying fake news on a “grand scale.”

Relotius, 33, first came under internal suspicion at Der Spiegel after the publication of “Hunter’s border,” an article about an American vigilante group on the U.S.-Mexico border. The article’s co-author, Juan Moreno, grew suspicious and collected evidence against Relotius during a subsequent trip to America on another story.

Moreno found that two sources ostensibly quoted in the story never spoke to Relotius. In addition, Relotius lied about seeing a sign declaring “Mexicans keep out.” According to Der Spiegel: “Claas Relotius committed his deception intentionally, methodically and with criminal intent. For example, he included individuals in his stories who he had never met or spoken to, telling their stories or quoting them. Instead, he would reveal, he based the depictions on other media or video recordings. By doing so, he created composite characters of people who actually did exist but whose stories Relotius had fabricated. He also made up dialogue and quotes.”

At least 14 of 60 articles authored by Relotius for Der Spiegel are at least partly fabricated.

On Monday, Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn published “Der Spiegel journalist messed with the wrong small town,” an English-language debunking of “Where they pray for Trump on Sundays,” a Relotius hit piece about their town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

The falsehoods in the article begin with his claim that the town is near “a dark forest that looks like dragons live in it” (it’s on a prairie) and that visitors are greeted by a sign reading: “Welcome to Fergus Falls, home of d-mn good folks” (a photo shows the sign says nothing about the folks).

Relotius went on to fabricate a biography for city administrator Andrew Bremseth, who supposedly “would like to marry soon …but he has not yet been in a serious relationship with a woman. He has also never been to the ocean.” Anderson and Krone published a photograph of Bremseth and his longtime female companion — at the ocean.

The article includes a profile of 57-year-old Neil Becker, who supposedly works at a coal-fired power plant. The photo Relotius used is of Doug Becker, who works for UPS and previously ran a fitness center.

Anderson and Krone also dismantle a narrative spun about Maria Rodriguez, who, in total fairness to Relotius, at least exists: “Relotius weaves together the story of Maria, restaurateur turned Trump supporter whose treatment for kidney disease becomes increasingly expensive under Obamacare, and that of her 15-year old son Israel, who faces prejudice at the hands of his Fergus Falls classmates.”

In reality, Maria is a waitress who has never had a kidney disease and never spoke to Relotius. Her son, Pablo, is in college; Israel is a waiter at the restaurant, which is owned by Maria’s sister-in-law.

Relotius also recounts a number of events that never occurred, including an an iPad for Beginners class at City Hall, a Super Bowl viewing at Union Pizza, a “Western evening” (allegedly attended by Maria and the fictional Neil), and a high school trip to New York.

Although these two most-publicized stories purport to expose how immigrants and minority families suffer in Trump’s America, the fabrications occasionally further a larger anti-American narrative. Relotius invented a phone interview with Colin Kaepernick’s parents. Another fraudulent tale involved a Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

Earlier this month, he won Germany’s Reporter of the Year award for a largely fabricated story about a young Syrian boy. Other tainted articles that won or were nominated for awards involved Iraqi children kidnapped by ISIS and Syrian orphans forced into a Turkish sweatshop.

Relotius won his award from CNN in 2014 for a story titled “Murderers as Carers,” about U.S. prison inmates suffering from dementia. The piece was published in Switzerland’s Reportagen. A “CNN Insider” told The Wrap the award was “sponsored by CNN but judged by an independent jury.”

It is currently unknown whether the story earning the CNN award was fabricated. Der Spiegel has warned that other publications may have published fake news from Relotius. Prior to joining the magazine, Relotius had written not only for Reportagen, but a raft of outlets including: Cicero, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, the Financial Times Deutschland, Die Tageszeitung, Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Weltwoche, Zeit Online, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Der Spiegel proclaimed the scandal as a “low point” in the magazine’s 70-year history. Germany’s journalists union declared the matter “the biggest fraud scandal in journalism since the Hitler diaries,” published by Stern magazine in 1983, but later shown to be forgeries.

The nature of the fraud in this case, however, seems more reminiscent of those that seem to plague American outlets every few years. The composite characters Relotius created recall the case of Janet Cooke, who won a Pulitzer for her Washington Post story about a fictional eight-year-old heroin addict. The dozens of equally dramatic — and equally fake — stories from Stephen Glass published by The New Republic also come to mind.

Modern journalism is a profession that likes to think of itself as living by the credo: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” All too often, it neglects equally apt dictate: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” The award-winning story about the Syrian boy was lauded by jurors for its “lightness, poetry and relevance.” Maybe those qualities should have been red flags.

the Guardian

Published  2 months ago

The German news magazine Der Spiegel has been plunged into chaos after revealing that one of its top reporters had falsified stories over several years.

The media world was stunned by the revelations that the award-winning journalist Claas Relotius had, according to the weekly, “made up stories and invented protagonists” in at least 14 out of 60 articles that appeared in its print and online editions, warning that other outlets could also be affected.

Relotius, 33, resigned after admitting to the scam. He had written for the magazine for seven years and won numerous awards for his investigative journalism, including CNN Journalist of the Year in 2014.

Earlier this month, he won Germany’s Reporterpreis (Reporter of the Year) for his story about a young Syrian boy, which the jurors praised for its “lightness, poetry and relevance”. It has since emerged that all the sources for his reportage were at best hazy, and much of what he wrote was made up.

WELT (@welt)

Claas Relotius: Er hat sein Talent missbraucht https://t.co/W7htj1oOJQ pic.twitter.com/KtZAsHwMOZ

The falsification came to light after a colleague who worked with him on a story along the US-Mexican border raised suspicions about some of the details in Relotius’s reporting, having harboured doubts about him for some time.

The colleague, Juan Moreno, eventually tracked down two alleged sources quoted extensively by Relotius in the article, which was published in November. Both said they had never met Relotius. Relotius had also lied about seeing a hand-painted sign that read “Mexicans keep out”, a subsequent investigation found.

Other fraudulent stories included one about a Yemeni prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, and one about the American football star Colin Kaepernick.

In a lengthy article, Spiegel, which sells about 725,000 print copies a month and has an online readership of more than 6.5 million, said it was “shocked” by the discovery and apologised to its readers and to anyone who may have been the subject of “fraudulent quotes, made-up personal details or invented scenes at fictitious places”.

The Hamburg-based magazine, which was founded in 1947 and is renowned for its in-depth investigative pieces, said Relotius had committed journalistic fraud “on a grand scale”. It described the episode as “a low point in Spiegel’s 70-year history”. An in-house commission has been set up to examine all of Relotius’ work for the weekly.

The reporter also wrote for a string of other well-known outlets, including the German newspapers taz, Welt and the Frankfurter Allgemeine’s Sunday edition. Die Welt tweeted on Wednesday: “He abused his talent”.

Relotius told Spiegel he regretted his actions and was deeply ashamed, the magazine said. “I am sick and I need to get help,” he was quoted as saying.

Moreno, who has worked for the magazine since 2007, risked his own job when he confronted other colleagues with his suspicions, many of whom did not want to believe him. “For three to four weeks Moreno went through hell because colleagues and those senior to him did not want to believe his accusations at first,” Der Spiegel wrote in an apology to its readers. For several weeks, the magazine said, Relotius was even considered to be the victim of a cunning plot by Moreno.

“Relotius cleverly rebuffed all the attacks, all of Moreno’s well-researched pieces of evidence … until there came a point when that didn’t work any more, until he finally couldn’t sleep any more, hunted by the fear of being discovered,” the magazine wrote.

Relotius, it added, finally gave himself up last week after being confronted by a senior editor.

In his confession to his employer, he said: “It wasn’t because of the next big thing. It was fear of failing. My pressure to not be able to fail got ever bigger the more successful I became.”

The magazine, which is one of Germany’s most prominent news organisations, is now trying to rescue its reputation amid fears a magazine already challenged by the problems in the German newspaper industry will struggle to recover.

“All [his] colleagues are deeply shattered,” the magazine wrote. In particular, it said, in the Society department, where he worked, “[his] colleagues are astounded and sad … the affair feels like a death in the family.”

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 months ago

One of the best things about Super Bowl LIII was, without question, the national anthem sung by the iconic Gladys Knight.

Here’s the wonderful rendition from the Empress of Soul:

But after she sang, CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed her last night and seemed to try to put her on the spot for doing so.

He played the words of Mark Geragos at her. Geragos, Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer, said that people who performed during the Super Bowl were crossing an “intellectual picket line.”

Lemon asked the singer what she thought of that comment. Lemon even asked her if she feared for her career after having performed.

And she wasn’t having ANY of that. Watch her legendary exchange:

She spoke about how she grew up singing it in school (and also mentioned how there used to be prayer in schools). She spoke about what it meant to her and how people really needed to listen to it to understand it and what it’s about.

She noted that she still has family in the military and that the anthem also has special meaning to them.

People called Lemon out for his questioning of the singer.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

The radical left continues to be hellbent at hijacking Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams and the bullying has intensified to force the performers that are presenting the halftime

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Actor James Woods is using his social media presence to help find missing people and animals displaced by the wildfires in Southern California this week.

Democracy Now!

Published  3 months ago

White former police officer Michael Slager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering unarmed black motorist Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. Video footage shows Scott was unarmed and running away from Officer Slager when Slager opened fire, shooting Scott eight times in the back, killing him.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

"Blexit says, 'Yes, you do have permission to question the status quo,' to ask 'why are we settling for less from our political leaders?'"

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Facebook on Friday deleted 82 pages, groups and accounts that it determined were part of an online influence operation located in Iran.

The Iranians operated 30 Facebook pages, 33 individual accounts and three groups, as well as 16 accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram, Facebook head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a statement Friday.

The pages had over a combined 1 million followers and the groups had over 25,000 members, Gleicher said.

Facebook provided several examples of the Iranian propaganda, which promoted former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism while criticizing President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“The Page administrators and account owners typically represented themselves as US citizens, or in a few cases UK citizens — and they posted about politically charged topics such as race relations, opposition to the President, and immigration. Despite attempts to hide their true identities, a manual review of these accounts linked their activity to Iran,” Gleicher said.

An investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation in August found Iranian nationals impersonating Americans online to stoke fear about Indian immigrants, as part of a lobbying campaign meant to defeat changes in U.S. green card policy. (RELATED: Iranians Posing As Anti-Immigrant Americans Online)

Later that month, Facebook identified 652 pages, groups and accounts engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” much like the accounts Facebook removed on Friday.

Those accounts were caught heavily promoting Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders — a likely 2020 presidential candidate — and disparaging Trump and the state of Israel.

Facebook identified “some overlap” between the pages it removed in August and the ones targeted in Friday’s purge, Gleicher said.

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I Love My Freedom

Published  3 months ago

Sometime this weekend, the first National Guardsmen will arrive on the U.S. border with Mexico to offer support for a "secret mission." This weekend, 150 National Guardsmen from Texas will arrive at the border. In addition

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 months ago

A man named Frank posted a video to his Twitter account Saturday night claiming he and his family were denied service at Ruby Tuesday in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina because he was wearing a “Trump – Make America Great Again” t-shirt. Frank, his wife and 6-year-old son stopped at Ruby Tuesday in Roanoke Rapids after […]

Daily Intelligencer

Published  4 months ago

Young voters are less racist, and better informed about climate change, than their elders are. But only 35 percent of them plan to vote this fall.

KRON

Published  4 months ago

EL DORADO, Ark. (KARK) -- According to a prominent civil rights activist, the Union County Sheriff’s Office is putting Nike shirts on its inmates for mug shots in protest of the company's deal with Colin Kaepernick.

Shaun King posted an image Wednesday of 12 inmates wearing various Nike shirts. He included the caption, “putting Nike t-shirts on people they arrest and making them wear them during mugshots. Source says it is to mock Nike and Colin Kaepernick. Disgusting.”

Our sister station KTVE has reached out to Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts for comment. We're awaiting a reply.

Since the accusation became public, the Union County Sheriff's Office has removed inmate photos from its online jail roster.

According to Arkansas Online, inmates in Nike shirts started popping up September 15.

Kaepernick became a household name in 2016 when he took a knee during the national anthem in an effort to protest police brutality. Last month, he reemerged as a spokesperson for Nike with the new slogan, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

The Sheriff in Union County, Arkansas is putting Nike t-shirts on people they arrest and making them wear them during mugshots.

Source says it is to mock Nike and Colin Kaepernick. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/9z9Nw9hxuF

— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 11, 2018

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

The San Francisco school board’s new president broke with protocol Tuesday night by deciding to skip the Pledge of Allegiance before a meeting, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

In its place, Steven Cook recited a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

Cook told The Chronicle he chose not to enforce the pledge because of his disappointment with the political climate. He said the Trump administration “has been attacking our liberties.”

ATLANTA SCHOOL BACKTRACKS AFTER DROPPING PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, ADDING ‘WOLF PACK CHANT’

The Pledge of Allegiance, while required by state education code, is rarely enforced by schools, district officials said. District spokesman Gentle Blythe said it is not required for school boards.

“If you ask 10 Americans who wrote it, or when it was implemented, or why it is how we start our meetings, a lot of us would be hard pressed (to answer),” Cook said.

There are a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation for the county and its citizens. This is how I plan to do that.

Stevon Cook

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister. In the mid-1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked Congress to include the words “under God,” amid the rise of communism.

Cook reportedly told no one of his idea to skip the Pledge of Allegiance. Some board members were receptive to Cook’s new idea.

TEXAS AG SUPPORTS SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LAWSUIT

“It feels respectful and it feels thoughtful,” said school board member Rachel Norton. “Maya Angelou is an alumnus of (San Francisco’s) Washington High School, so what better way to start a new tradition.”

Cook said he will read an inspirational quote from influential Americans before each meeting.

“There are a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation for the county and its citizens,” he said. “This is how I plan to do that.”

Cook played down any parallels to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who drew controversy for refusing to stand for the national anthem before NFL games in the 2016 season.

“I’m no Colin Kaepernick. I’m Stevon Cook.”

I Love My Freedom

Published  4 months ago

Even though the first four weeks of the NFL season has seen fewer kneelers and protests during the national anthem, the league continues to be plagued by controversy.

Just as the NFL continues to have trouble extricating itself from its self-created mess over the mishandling of the disrespect to the flag and military that was undertaken by Colin Kaepernick his disciples, it continues to alienate fans who rightly or wrongly, have come to perceive the league as promoting anti-American sentiment.

Before Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field between the hometown Green Bay Packers and underdog Buffalo Bills, a huge, strange variation of the American flag was unveiled during the pregame ceremonies.

The enormous banner was still red, white and blue but was missing nearly half the stars.

Packers are down a few starters today. And the flag is down a few stars. pic.twitter.com/YmaaLq4CeM

Every American knows what the stars and stripes represent on the American flag: The 27 states that make up this country and the two original colonies.

The Packers brought out an “American flag” for their pregame festivities ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bills, and it was missing a few stars and stripes…

At first glance, I assumed this was just a larger flag that had been folded, but that’s not even a section of the full flag. It’s its own thing. Somebody made it like that, and the Packers thought it was cool to use.

Understandably, the reaction on Twitter was one of bewilderment mixed with disgust.

Not sure what country today’s Packers-Bills game is being played in but that’s not my flag pic.twitter.com/XGsk75sPsM

Hey @packers! What country are you trying to represent? That’s definitely not the American Flag! pic.twitter.com/5FBCE6PWl8

27 stars? What a disrespectful act. I think they are purposely trying to get Americans to hate the NFL. They love destroying anything that is an American icon, and beloved past time.

So I guess when I wasn't paying attention this morning 27 states seceded from the union? I assume this is their new flag? @packers, can you provide a complete list of said states? Curious to know in which country I now reside. Thx. #NFL #USA? pic.twitter.com/Gy4oEhseDx

It will be interesting to hear the team’s and the league’s explanation for this.

The NFL just can’t stop shooting itself in the foot.

The Palmieri Report

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Published  5 months ago

Monday night’s annual Emmy Awards broadcast on NBC took a major ratings nosedive as Hollywood’s biggest stars slammed President Trump, blasted Republicans, and turned the ceremony into a full-fledged political rally.

According to the Wrap, the show dropped a stunning 10% from last year’s ratings; reaching an all-time low with a 7.4 household reach. The drop echoes similar numbers for the Oscars, which plunged 16% during last year’s broadcast.

“Last year, the 69th annual Emmys on CBS hosted by Stephen Colbert dipped 2.4 percent from the prior year to a new low, per Nielsen’s household ratings,” writes the Wrap.

Jenifer Lewis' message to Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7): "Thank you Colin. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being courageous. Thank you for taking a knee. Thank you" #Emmys https://t.co/DApUrVDBlu pic.twitter.com/a5OoMxAKMh

— Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2018

The star-studded event got political within minutes.

“My mother is not watching,” said hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”

He continued, “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

Read the full story at Fox News.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Hollywood may have laughed when Emmys host Michael Che said only Republicans and ex-crackheads thank Jesus, but Tinseltown's latest middle finger to Middle America fell flat in flyover country.

The Palmieri Report

Published  5 months ago

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Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

A manager at a Nike store in Arkansas reportedly called the police on a man who was sitting in the bed of his truck waving a pro-police flag in the parking lot outside the store.

"Now, what better place to wave the flag than right here in front of the Nike store," Jimmie Cavin said in a video that he posted to Facebook, according to FOX 16.

Cavin said that his priority was to show support for "law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics."

After about 15 minutes of sitting in front of the store and waving his "Thin Blue Line " flag, Cavin said that the police showed up after the Nike store manager called the police on him.

The police quickly realized that Cavin did not do anything wrong and then left.

"So, Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police," Cavin continued.

The incident happened after Nike recently made former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of a new #JustDoIt campaign the company launched. Kaepernick repeatedly kneeled during the national anthem and showed disrespect to law enforcement officials, wearing socks that portrayed police as pigs and donated $25,000 to a group that honored a convicted cop killer.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

After the shooting death of a Kansas police officer on Sunday, 36 law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire this year, surpassing the 2017 total.

Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze III, 41, died Sunday afternoon after responding to a call about a suspicious character, Fox News reported.

Kunze and the suspect were both fatally wounded in a struggle after Kunze attempted to apprehend the armed man.

Army Veteran's Apparel Line Counters Nike-Kaepernick Campaign with 'Just Stand' Shirt

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Kansas sheriff's deputy shot, killed in line of duty https://t.co/X0hEOQFJpq pic.twitter.com/pYurCqpiyi

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 17, 2018

Responding on "Fox & Friends," former Atlanta police officer Vincent Hill emphasized that Kunze's death shows that no day is "routine" for a police officer.

"What's more tragic than that, while certain people were out on the field kneeling for the national anthem, who is kneeling for this officer?" he asked

Hill, host of the "Beyond the Badge" podcast, said Kunze and his family "sacrificed everything," criticizing Nike's ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.

"Police in this country do this every single day, their families do this every single day, but they're not the spokesperson of Nike, they're not getting million-dollar endorsements. That's tragic that this is the world we live in right now," said Hill.

He said if 40 or more police officers are killed in 2018 by gunfire, it will be the highest total ever recorded.

"That is unacceptable," he said, blaming part of the problem on the Obama administration "painting police as the bad guy."

Watch the interview above.

Nike Is 'Exploiting' a Divisive Issue: MO College Says It's Dropping Nike After Kaepernick Ad

Gold Star Wife: Nike, Kaepernick Should Visit Arlington Nat'l Cemetery to See 'True Sacrifice'

True Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Christian actor Kevin Sorbo has jumped on the Nike boycott bandwagon.

Many former Nike fans began voicing their outrage at the company after it unveiled its latest “Just Do It” ad campaign, which featured former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick and the campaign slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

In a rather tongue-in-cheek Facebook post, Sorbo revealed that he’d returned a pair of Nikes to a retailer because they hurt his feet while standing for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In an interview with CNS News, Sorbo explained his post, which read, “I just returned a pair of Nike shoes to the store. I complained that they hurt my feet when I stand for the [national anthem].”

Sorbo told the outlet that he felt Nike “blew it.” – READ MORE

Washington Examiner

Published  5 months ago

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Three Miami Dolphins players silently protested during the national anthem on Sunday ahead of their game against the Tennessee Titans in what was the first demonstrations of the 2018 National Football League season.

"Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice and police brutality. Robert Quinn is raising a fist," ESPN reporter Cameron Wolfe wrote Sunday on Twitter.

Wide receivers Stills and Wilson both refused to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner" in the preseason and indicated they would continue to protest during the regular season as well, according to USA Today.

The NFL is expected to wait until after the conclusion of this season to implement a new policy regarding on-field demonstrations because there has been too much disagreement how to handle the controversial issue, ESPN reported earlier Sunday.

President Trump tweeted before kickoff on Sunday how football viewership was trending downwards because of the players' antics.

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade," he wrote. "If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!"

No players from the Philadelphia Eagles or the Atlanta Falcons took a knee during the national anthem in the season opener on Thursday. However Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett did sit on the bench near the end.

The protests, started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are widely used to demonstrate against racial injustice and police brutality. Critics see them as a slight to the American flag and U.S. military veterans.

I Love My Freedom

Published  5 months ago

NFL sidelines will once again be the location of anti-police, anti-American protests as the first full slate of games kicks off Sunday in what looks to be yet another season marred by controversy and radical leftist politics.

In breaking news, the league is not expected to implement a new policy regarding the divisive kneeling and fist-thrusting during the national anthem by “oppressed” multimillionaire players who have managed to successfully hijack the NFL and in the process, alienate millions of longtime fans.

If Commissioner Roger Goodell and suits at league headquarters thought that they would be able to put the poison and pain of 2017 behind them, they quickly discovered that you can’t negotiate with extremists and that $90 million “hush money” payment made to fund social justice programs only served as a down payment on another year of woe and plunging television ratings.

Then there was the new rule that prohibited players from acting out on the sidelines and carved out an exemption for malcontents to stay in the locker room safe spaces if they refused to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner. That was effectively dead as soon as the outrage junkies in the media started squealing like stuck pigs and the player’s union revolted leaving Goodell with more egg dripping down his face.

Now the NFL is punting.

NFL won’t implement a new national anthem policy this season: report https://t.co/zqhi0eHUfO pic.twitter.com/BLN5J3DuJw

— The Hill (@thehill) September 9, 2018

Via The Hill, “NFL won’t implement a new national anthem policy this season: report”:

The NFL reportedly won’t implement a new policy this season on players standing for the national anthem.

Citing unnamed league sources, ESPN reported that officials will continue conversations on the controversial topic, but that the NFL is unlikely to institute a policy this season regardless of the talks’ progress.

NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality have sparked a heated national debate since former quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the protest during the 2016 season.

The protests drew condemnation from President Trump, who repeatedly attacked specific players, team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL owners in May voted for a policy requiring players to “stand and show respect” during the national anthem, and threatened to fine teams whose players did not adhere to it.

But after a legal challenge from the players’ union, the league announced less than two months later that it would freeze the policy.

The report that the NFL won’t issue a replacement policy this season comes amid renewed debate over the issue with Nike’s new ad campaign that heavily features Kaepernick.

This certainly doesn’t bode well for the league which was already squishy on the subject before Nike’s big rollout of the “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring Kaepernick that was announced on Monday.

The first Nike commercial debuted on Thursday night during the NFL’s heavily-hyped season-opening matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles won an 18-12 snoozer but the real score that the league should be concerned about were the television ratings that marked a new low for a Thursday night opener.

The league has yet to issue an official statement.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  5 months ago

Nike recently made the decision to team up with Colin Kaepernick and send the message that kneeling for the national anthem is courageous. They have deservedly received a lot of negative attention for that. It seems to just be getting worse and worse.

A sporting goods store in Colorado just decided to liquidate all of their Nike merchandise.

From KRDO:

Prime Time Sports in the Chapel Hills Mall has a large sign festooned on the window saying “All Nike 1/2 Price” and “Still Choosing to Stand, Just Doing It.”

Prime Time Sports has been owned by Stephen Martin for 21 years, and he realizes he could go out of business because a large part of his inventory is the collection of NFL jerseys he offers — those official jerseys will be exclusive to Nike.

Martin sent a strongly worded letter to Nike in response to the company’s decision to use Kaepernick in the ad. Martin calls the company “the mother of all harlots” for their ad campaign, calling into question their use of the phrase “sacrificed everything.”

“According to me, he has sacrificed a salary,” Martin posted in a note on the window of Prime Time Sports. The note is surrounded by pictures of fallen service members. “Nothing compared to what every soul on our ‘Honor the Flag’ memorial wall that was built a few years ago has suffered and died for.”

That’s making a sacrifice for something you believe in.

We’ve seen a lot of this same kind of thought process.

A college in Missouri said enough is enough as well.

Nike made a mistake here. They may have impressed some people on the left and they certainly made some money in the short term with all this press but this isn’t a move that’s good for a brand long term. They lost credibility and consumers are smarter than everyone thinks. Nike did a good job shifting the attention away from their horrible treatment of workers in Asia and they are going to make some money off of this anthem thing but don’t be surprised if the hype is short lived.

USA TODAY

Published  5 months ago

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell says it’s great that Colin Kaepernick is the face of a new Nike campaign, but Kaepernick deserves to be on an NFL team. USA TODAY

NFL players' protests weren't widespread in Sunday's first games, but the demonstrations had not died out in Week 1.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson became the first players of the 2018 regular season to kneel in protest during the national anthem when they did so before Sunday's contest against the Tennessee Titans. Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn also raised a fist during the song.

Stills and Wilson both kneeled in the preseason and said they planned to continue to do so in the regular season. Stills said he would consider stopping if former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling in 2016 as a means to protest racial inequality and police brutality, and former 49ers safety Eric Reid were signed by an NFL team.

Both Kaepernick and Reid are pursuing separate collusion grievances against the league, with each one alleging that teams worked together to keep him off the field.

Stills, who began following Kaepernick's lead two years ago by kneeling, told The New York Times last week that criticism of players' protests were misguided.

“It shouldn’t be this complicated,” Stills told The Times. Instead of people saying, yeah, let’s do this, let’s make change, let’s make our country a better place, it’s like, no, don’t do this then, this isn’t the right place, you don’t like the police.”

Despite the arrival of the regular season, the NFL is at a standstill on its policy for the national anthem. In May, NFL owners voted to approve a rule requiring players to either stand on the field for the anthem or remain in the locker room. But the league put that policy on hold as it entered into discussions with the NFL Players Association amid backlash.

Before Sunday's games, President Trump once again criticized the league by citing players kneeling during the anthem and the decline in broadcast television ratings for Thursday's opening game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. That matchup, however, was pushed to a later kickoff time by severe weather, and no players kneeled during the national anthem (though Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett sat before the end of the song).

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  5 months ago

Nike has styled former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a hero in its new ad campaign. And folks on the left have styled the outrage at Kaepernick as – you guessed it racism – acting as though Kaepernick was just fighting against police brutality. So we thought we’d give Nike and those who don’t get it a little bit of a window into the far left Colin Kaepernick. Show this to the folks who don’t get it.

When Kaepernick went all in on his kneeling during the anthem, he also was going all in on anti-police hatred.

Many people may recall the “police as pigs” socks that he wore, basically tarnishing all police as pigs.

He donated $25,000 to an organization, Assata’s Daughters, which is named after the escaped cop-killer, Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur.

Chesimard was a leader in the anti-capitalist terrorist group, the Black Liberation Army, that used bombings and the murder of police to try to make a political statement.

Chesimard was convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Warner Foerster in 1973. She was given life in prison for the crime but escaped to Cuba and then changed her name. She is still on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Assata’s Daughters honors her as their guiding influence and they see their duty as training young girls, ages 4-19, to carry on in the tradition of “radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.” The group which considers itself part of Black Lives Matter, argues for the eliminating police and prisons and all “anti-blackness.”

According to the Daily Mail, of his donation, $15,000 went to ‘teen workshops’ to indoctrinate others.

Shakur is often quoted in the greater Black Lives Matter movement at large, such as in this video, where you can see people chanting her quote, cultlike, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom, it is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

The Daily Mail also noted that Kaepernick had retweeted a “Happy Birthday” to Shakur last year.

It’s about promoting a radical anti-police and frankly, anti-American agenda.

And he’s not a hero, Nike.

dailycaller

Published  5 months ago

Gold Star wife Brittany Jacobs issued a stark challenge to former 49er and new face of Nike, Colin Kaepernick, suggesting Sunday that they ought to meet her and her son at Arlington National Cemetery.

“They can personally look in the eyes of my son and see what a dear sacrifice was made,” she explained, “and they can look around and see thousands and thousands of people who also sacrificed everything for something that they believed in.”

Jacobs told “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth that Nike had made a poor choice in Colin Kaepernick, saying, “To me it’s upsetting. This is a man who knelt before the flag that my husband and that me and my son we love, it’s so dear to us. My husband did sacrifice absolutely everything for the flag, for the country and for all that it stood for. To see someone who knelt before it be able to say that he sacrificed everything, it’s hard. It’s sad. It’s not right.”

“They could have chosen anyone,” she continued, “and they chose a person who disrespected the flag. If they could look at my son for a moment, look at his eyes, they would see a dear sacrifice. There’s so many great men and women in this country who have sacrificed everything. Colin Kaepernick is not one of them.”

Jacobs lost her husband, Marine Corps Sergeant Christopher Jacobs, in a training accident in 2011 — and her son Christian was famously photographed meeting President Donald Trump at Arlington on Memorial Day in 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump high fives young Christian Jacobs, son of US Marine Christopher Jacobs, who was killed in a training exercise at Twentynine Palms, California, as his mother Brittany watches, at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery as part of Memorial Day observance, Arlington, Virginia, U.S., May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Jacobs concluded the segment with a challenge: “I personally would like to invite Nike and Colin Kaepernick to meet me and my son at Arlington National Cemetery and see what a true sacrifice is, see what it is like to sacrifice everything for something that you believe in. And then they can personally look in the eyes of my son and see what a dear sacrifice was made and they can look around and see thousands and thousands of people who sacrificed also everything for something that they believed in.”

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MarketWatch

Published  5 months ago

Talk of Nike Inc. sales taking a hit from the company’s decision to put ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick at the center of its latest “Just Do It” campaign is looking overblown, based on data from a Silicon Valley digital commerce research company.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

As seen on Fox & Friends Weekend

An Army veteran called out Nike Saturday on Fox & Friends for featuring Colin Kaepernick at the center of the company's "Just Do It" campaign.

Tyler Merritt's company, Nine Line Apparel, has countered Nike by releasing a shirt of its own that reads "Just Stand."

Merritt, a former Army captain and Nine Line's CEO, said Saturday, "They decided to take a stance. This is our stand.”

Nike recently announced a multiyear agreement with Kaepernick, including for his own apparel line, video ads and billboards featuring his image, and a contribution to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's Know Your Rights charity.

Nike Is 'Exploiting' a Divisive Issue: MO College Says It's Dropping Nike After Kaepernick Ad

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

A Gold Star mother is the latest to speak out against Nike’s latest “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for making light of the word “sacrifice.”

Trina Hart, who lost her 21-year-old Marine son Ty Hart when his helicopter went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu during a mission in 2016, is blasting Nike for using Kaepernick as its spokesperson for an ad about “sacrifice,” KOIN reported.

The Nike ad, which Kaepernick narrates, features stories from athletes who overcame illness or disabilities.

IT'S OUT: @Nike just released the full Colin Kaepernick ad and the internet is buzzing over it https://t.co/g3KhxMaTcL pic.twitter.com/5cQb9u8Tq3

— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2018

“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” Kaepernick says.

But Hart said the ad belittles those like her son, who made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for the U.S.

“Everything is your life,” she said. “My son sacrificed his life. Those other 11 men the night my son died sacrificed their lives. I’m sorry, I don’t find any ‘sacrificing everything’ in what Colin Kaepernick did.”

Hart said she wants Nike to use its influence to apologize to Gold Star families whose family members made the ultimate sacrifice.

“They need to fix what they did,” Hart said. “They owe America an apology. They owe Gold Star families an apology.”

Nike had received a barrage of criticism and protests since the company released its ad with Kaepernick, who made his claim to fame in August 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Fans, many of whom believe that the former NFL player disrespected Americans by refusing to honor the flag, began burning their Nike gear to protest the company’s decision to use Kaepernick as a spokesperson for the brand.

Celebrities and other organizations launched boycotts of the brand, including Big & Rich singer John Rich and the National Police Organization. Veteran actor James Woods even decided to dump his Nike stock out of protest.

The backlash to the campaign featuring Kaepernick hit Nike right in their purse-strings when shares of Nike stock tumbled by three percent on Tuesday. President Trump even tweeted Wednesday that the company was getting “absolutely killed” because of the boycotts.

Morning Consult

Published  5 months ago

Real-time brand tracking data reveals a sharp drop in favorability and purchasing consideration, including among key demographic groups

A new report from Morning Consult reveals consumer opinions of Nike have shifted rapidly since announcing their new campaign with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Across nearly every demographic, perceptions of Nike’s brand have fallen, including among key consumer groups.

The report features over 8,000 interviews conducted among American adults, including 1,694 interviews pre-campaign launch (8/26/18 – 9/3/18) and 5,481 interviews post-campaign launch (9/4/18 – 9/5/18). Additionally, Morning Consult conducted a study among 1,168 adults in the U.S. about Nike’s ad and the decision to choose Kaepernick as the face of the campaign.

Nike’s Favorability Drops by Double Digits: Before the announcement, Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers, it has now declined 34 points to +35 favorable.

No Boost Among Key Demos: Among younger generations, Nike users, African Americans, and other key demographics, Nike’s favorability declined rather than improved.

Purchasing Consideration Also Down: Before the announcement, 49 percent of Americans said they were absolutely certain or very likely to buy Nike products. That figure is down to 39 percent now.

The Effect on the NFL Seems Small, For Now: Forty percent of consumers said Nike’s campaign does not make them more or less likely to watch/attend NFL games — 21 percent said more likely and 26 percent said less likely (14 percent didn’t know).

Before Kaepernick was revealed as the face of Nike’s campaign, only two percent of Americans reported hearing something negative about Nike. After the launch, that jumped to 33 percent. As the negative buzz set in, consumer sentiment followed, with favorability and purchasing consideration dropping.

In addition to the brand tracking data detailed above, Morning Consult ran a nationally-representative poll specifically about the campaign ad to gauge awareness of the campaign and how it is affecting the company’s brand.

The survey finds that Nike’s campaign made immediate waves, with 61 percent of respondents saying they had heard a lot or some news about it.

Americans are split on how appropriate the ad campaign is, as 39 percent of consumers said it was appropriate to make him the face of their campaign, while 38 percent said inappropriate. Fifty percent of those who said they wear Nike at least once a month support the decision, compared with 30 percent who do not.

Along with being split on the appropriateness of the campaign, there was also a divide on the question of whether or not Nike’s intentions were pure or if they just wanted publicity.

Ahead of the regular season kickoff game on September 6, when Nike plans to debut the Kaepernick ad, Morning Consult’s survey suggests that the impact of the ad on the NFL’s viewership will be minimal for now.

Forty percent of consumers said Nike’s announcement does not make them more or less likely to watch or attend NFL games — 21 percent said more likely and 26 percent said less likely (14 percent didn’t know).

Morning Consult Brand Intelligence tracking data has previously shown that the perceptions of the league are damaged when the protests are in the news. For example, a report from late May revealed that the league’s announcement of a rule meant to curb protesting caused an immediate backlash, even among Trump voters.

Over the last month of tracking, the NFL’s net favorability stands at +20, up from a low of +9 in November of 2017. However, the league has yet to fully recover from the initial blowback to the anthem-kneeling: In the spring and summer of 2017, the NFL’s net favorability was consistently in the mid to high 40s.

This exclusive report contains survey results from Morning Consult Intelligence, the company’s brand management platform, and a nationally representative custom survey.

In the Morning Consult Intelligence data, Morning Consult interviewed 1,694 adults (“pre news”) in the U.S. from August 26, 2018 to September 3, 2018 and 5,481 adults (“post news”) from September 4-5, 2018.

The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the “pre news” survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, and results from the “post news” survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage points.

In the custom national survey, Morning Consult interviewed 1,168 adults from September 4-5, 2018. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Despite having a long, documented history of allegedly employing workers at slave wages, the multinational Nike corporation has become the face of the social justice wing of the political left with its newest ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

As Breitbart News reported, the Nike corporation laid off 1,400 Americans just last year in the state of Oregon, cutting out workers who were older and likely sending their jobs overseas as the sports brand has done in the past.

In 2015, a screen printing factory in Clarence, New York used by Nike to make T-shirts that once employed nearly 170 Americans announced it was closing up shop and sending the jobs to low wage Honduras. The average minimum wage worker in Honduras earns less than $8,000 a year.

Nike’s history of alleged employment of slave labor in countries like Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Honduras dates back so far that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted the corporation’s business practices in 1997, as Breitbart News noted:

Now, Nike has a habit of going to wherever in the world, wages are at rock bottom. Mexico is much too high wage for Nike. They’re now in Vietnam. They have determined that wages in Vietnam are the lowest in the world. [Emphasis added]

Let me quote this, ‘In demonstrations on Friday, workers burned cars and ransacked the factory’s office, saying the company, Nike, wasn’t paying them a $2.50 a day minimum wage.’ That’s our competition. That is what much of what the global economy is about. American workers, you really want to compete? You really want to go below $2.50 an hour? Nike might come back to America and hire you if you’re ready to go for $2 a day. You ready to do that? [Emphasis added]

Despite these decades-long outsourcing and cheap labor accusations against Nike, the brand has recently become the face of the social justice left after it released an ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, who infamously protested against the United States by kneeling for the National Anthem during NFL games.

The ad campaign features a black and white image of Kaepernick and reads “Beleive in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO

During a New York Fashion Week event celebrating Nike this week, NBA player LeBron James praised the brand despite its reputation for bad business practices.

“I stand for anybody that believes in change,” James said. “I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude and a positive matter. And I believe, and I stand with Nike every day, all day.”

The ad campaign featuring Kaepernick will premier on Thursday night’s NFL season opener on NBC, a network that promoted the kneeling of NFL players as a protest to the U.S. and President Trump.

In 2013, the Phillipine Star documented Nike’s business model of moving into third world, poor countries to take advantage of cheap labor where workers are paid less than $10,000 a year. Indonesia, for example, has become somewhat of an unofficial headquarter for Nike, as is Vietnam.

Some estimates indicate that Nike employs about 170,000 workers in Indonesia, where the monthly minimum wage for workers in some regions of the country is just $82 a month. The regions with the highest monthly minimum wage salaries top out at only $232 a month.

For more than three and half decades, Nike has employed most of its workforce in low wage Vietnam and China, rather than the United States. For example, as of this year, Nike has 46 percent of its products produced in Vietnam, where the yearly minimum wage is close to $1,000. About 27 percent of its products are made in China, where the average worker earns less than $5,000 a year.

Nike is just one multinational corporation that has contributed to the outsourcing of American jobs to China. In the state of Oregon in the last ten years, about 21,000 U.S. jobs have been outsourced to China by corporations like Nike.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

Bleacher Report

Published  5 months ago

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, has dropped Nike as its apparel sponsor following the company's decision to make Colin Kaepernick the spokesman for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" ad campaign.

"In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America," College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis said in a statement. "If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them. We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform."

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

I Love My Freedom

Published  5 months ago

The Kick-off to the NFL’s 2018 season took place last night in Philadelphia with a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. With National Anthem protests front and center for the third straight year, the game was sure to spark controversy once again.

Adding to the Anthem controversy, earlier this week Nike announced “know kneeler” Colin Kaepernick was to become the face of their 30th anniversary campaign. This announcement followed up by this photo sparked significant controversy among many walks of life, especially those who strongly support military Vets and their service to the country.

The NFL’s opening Thursday night game got disappointing TV ratings for a league that is battling perceptions of rapidly declining popularity.

NBC announced a 13.4 overnight rating for the Super Bowl champion Eagles’ last-second win over the Falcons. That was way down from the 14.6 for Chiefs-Patriots last year, which itself was way down from a 16.5 for Panthers-Broncos the year before, which itself was way down from a 17.7 for Steelers-Patriots the year before that.

With these utterly pitiful number a clear problem has risen for the NFL. In the last 3 years, the NFL has lost almost half of its opening night viewership or to be exact 48.8 %. Reality has to set in at some point as we all know these numbers don’t work in the business world.

Should the NFL lose its controversial tax breaks it could spell doom for the once thriving organization. No matter the size of an organization, the sheer attention both positive and negative it receives, if the numbers don’t match up; they will eventually seek financial assistance, face bankruptcy, or possibly fold.

President Trump has pressed lawmakers to change the tax law allowing for NFL specific tax breaks, which makes sense as it looks more and more like their organization has taken on a political position in recent years.

Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017

What are your thoughts at these shocking numbers? Can the NFL recover or is it on a doomed path to be defeated by Vince McMahons new and revamped XFL?

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Sean Hannity

Published  5 months ago

A stunning new poll conducted by Morning Consult shows iconic shoemaker Nike’s brand favorability rating plunging double digits just hours after releasing their controversial “Sacrifice Everything” ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Before the announcement, Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers, it has now declined 34 points to +35 favorable,” writes the survey. “Among younger generations, Nike users, African Americans, and other key demographics, Nike’s favorability declined rather than improved.”

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt

The poll comes just hours after Nike posted the advertisement online; prompting a fierce backlash over Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the performance of the US national anthem while playing for the NFL.

Bleacher Report

Published  5 months ago

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, has dropped Nike as its apparel sponsor following the company's decision to make Colin Kaepernick the spokesman for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" ad campaign.

"In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America," College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis said in a statement Wednesday. "If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them. We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform."

Colin Kaepernick

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt https://t.co/SRWkMIDdaO

In 2017, the school instated a new national anthem policy requiring both its own athletes and the players and staff of its opponents to "show respect for the American flag and national anthem."

"Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the College is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed," Dr. Marci Linson, the school's vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, said.

The ad campaign, which is already being rolled out nationally, has also drawn the ire of President Donald Trump.

Darren Rovell

FIRST LOOK: New Nike “Just Do It” ad, voiced by @Kaepernick7, scheduled to air, as of now, on tomorrow night’s Falcons-Eagles season opener. https://t.co/FZpUhdOlWW

"I think it's a terrible message that they're sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there's a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it's a terrible message and a message that shouldn't be sent," Trump told The Daily Caller's Vince Coglianese and Saagar Enjeti. "There's no reason for it."

The NFL also released a statement on Tuesday about its primary apparel sponsor after the campaign was announced.

"The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity," the league said, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities."

The Lutchman Wire

Published  5 months ago

Last night, it was announced that Nike will be using former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the company’s “decadent” ad campaign.

Kaepernick was just chosen to represent Nike in its “Just Do It” 30-year anniversary campaign.

The best criticism of the new ad campaign came from the widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle. Chris Kyle served as a Navy SEAL sniper during multiple tours in Iraq and was awarded a Silver Star and four Bronze Star Medals. Kyle was killed by a mentally ill man he was mentoring in 2013.

Kyle went to Facebook to destroy Nike and their decision to promote someone who has regularly disrespected the American flag.

“Sacrificing what exactly? A career?” Kyle asks in her viral post, “At best, that is all Colin sacrificed … some money, and it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it.”

“How about other warriors? Warriors who will not be on magazine covers, who will not get lucrative contracts and millions of followers from their actions and who have truly sacrificed everything,” Kyle asked. “They did it because they believed in something. Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same. THAT is sacrificing everything for something they believe in.”

Read Kyle’s full message to Nike and Kaepernick below:

Nike, I love your gear, but you exhaust my spirit on this one. Your new ad with Colin Kapernick, I get the message, but that sacrificing everything thing…. It just doesn’t play out here. Sacrificing what exactly? A career? I’ve done that both times I chose to stay home and be with my kids instead of continuing my business climb… and it wasn’t sacrificing everything. It was sacrificing one career and some money and it was because of what I believe in and more importantly, who I believe in.

At best, that is all Colin sacrificed… some money and it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it. Maybe he sacrificed the respect of some people while he gained the respect of others. Or maybe he used one career to springboard himself into a different career when the first was waning. I don’t know. What I do know is, he gained popularity and magazine covers he likely wouldn’t have gotten without getting on his knees or as you say, “believing in something.” I’m also thinking the irony is that while I am not privy to the numbers, it’s likely he gained a lucrative Nike contract. So yeah… that whole “sacrificing everything” is insulting to those who really have sacrificed everything.

You want to talk about someone in the NFL sacrificing everything? Pat Tillman. NFL STARTING, not benched, player who left to join the Army and died for it. THAT is sacrificing everything for something you believe in.

How about other warriors? Warriors who will not be on magazine covers, who will not get lucrative contracts and millions of followers from their actions and who have truly sacrificed everything. They did it because they believed in something. Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same. THAT is sacrificing everything for something they believe in.

Did you get us talking? Yeah, you did. But, your brand recognition was strong enough. Did you teach the next generation of consumers about true grit? Not that I can see.

Taking a stand, or rather a knee, against the flag which has covered the caskets of so many who actually did sacrifice everything for something they believe in, that we all believe in? Well, the irony of your ad..it almost leaves me speechless. Were you trying to be insulting?

Maybe you are banking on the fact we won’t take the time to see your lack of judgement in using words that just don’t fit. Maybe you are also banking on us not seeing Nike as kneeling before the flag. Or maybe you want us to see you exactly that way. I don’t know. All I know is, I was actually in the market for some new kicks and at least for now, I’ve never been more grateful for Under Armour.

Wow. That’s deep. I hope Colin Kaepernick and Nike will actually read this, thought i doubt it.

Let’s all give Taya Kyle a big AMEN for speaking up! Let’s help her make this go viral by sharing it out everywhere!

TheHill

Published  5 months ago

A Tennessee doctor known for his barbed social-media criticism of President Trump — and who recently sued t

MarkPantano.com

Published  5 months ago

Nike has decided to make an anti-American cop-hating race-baiter the face of their brand. Nike is marking the 30th anniversary of their famous “Just Do It” ad campaign by signing Colin Kaepernick as their public image.

Here is how the colossal douchebag announced his new endeavor on Twitter:

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018

Talk about stupid!

I have absolutely no doubt that millions of patriotic Americans will no longer buy a single thing from Nike.

Source: Bleacher Report

Rantt

Published  5 months ago

After taking a knee, Kaepernick now stands for something much bigger

I Love My Freedom

Published  5 months ago

For 2 years now, Colin Kaepernick has led NFL headlines not for his play on the field, but for his controversial decision to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality.

In August 2016, Kaepernick told Steve Wyche of NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick faced harsh criticism from many football fans and support from others. After opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017, Kaepernick’s ability to kneel in front America during the playing of the “National Anthem” was halted, however several athletes followed suit.

This style of protest garnered negative attention from Veterans, their families, a significant amount of football fans across the nation and included then Candidate Trump.

Now lets fast forward to today and Nike’s BIG announcement.

JUST IN: Nike faces backlash after putting America-hater Colin Kaepernick as face of their 'just do it' campaign pic.twitter.com/vtN6FM6qT4

— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) September 3, 2018

Colin Kaepernick will be the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, reports ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

According to Rovell, Nike has been paying Kaepernick all along and “waiting for the right moment,” which is now. Nike signed Kaepernick in 2011, but has not used him over the past two years.

“We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice president of brand for North America, told ESPN.

The decision to make Kaepernick the face of their “Just Do It” campaign will probably spark more divide on the topic as we lead up to the kickoff of the 2018 football season. Seasons past have seen tremendous ratings drops as football Sunday has transformed from a day of family bonding to a day of contraversial divide.

Time, sales and public opinion will identify if this was the right move for Nike, but initial rection shows it may create more divide and product boycotts.

What are your thoughts of Kaepernick becoming the new face if Nike? Let us know below.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Nike announced its “Just Do It” ad campaign on Monday, featuring former NFL player and original anthem protester Colin Kaepernick. News of the

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and famed anthem protester Colin Kaepernick is part of a new Nike campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the sporting equipment giant’s iconic “Just Do It” slogan.

Kaepernick, who triggered a political firestorm after kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice, has not played in the NFL since early 2017.

The 30-year-old is suing the NFL, claiming he has been frozen out of the league by team owners because of his activism. Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, argues NFL owners were “clearly colluding” to keep the quarterback out of the leagues because they were “intimidated by President Donald Trump.

“They were clearly colluding because they were intimidated by the president. The only reason — and the owners will admit this — that they haven’t signed him is because of Trump, and they’ve colluded because of Trump,” Geragos told the Straight Aim with Amy Dash podcast in May.

The new Nike adverts, which were unveiled just days before the kick-off of the 2018 NFL season, show a portrait of Kaepernick with the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO

Kaepernick posted the advert on his Twitter account followed by #JustDoIt.

According to ESPN, Nike had kept Kaepernick, who signed a sponsorship deal with the company in 2011, on its payroll throughout the controversy of recent years. “We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice president of brand for North America.

On the same day that Nike unveiled its new advertising campaign, Kaepernick received support from an unlikely figure.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran, took to Twitter Monday to decry Kaepernick’s exclusion from the NFL’s upcoming season. “The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league,” Ahmadinejad tweeted.

The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league.#ColinKaepernick #NFL

— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956) September 3, 2018

Ahmadinejad served as Iran’s president from 2005 to 2013, overseeing the government crackdown on mass protests after his widely contested reelection in 2009. His administration killed dozens and arrested hundreds of political dissidents, then allegedly tortured and raped many of the imprisoned demonstrators.

The ad reveal comes just days after Kaepernick was cheered by spectators when he appeared alongside fellow player and activist Eric Reid at the U.S. Open tennis tournament to watch Serena Williams on Friday.

Colin Kaepernick & Eric Reid Get Rousing Ovation at US Open; Serena Inspires Another Young Lady (Photos) https://t.co/13QTwINPj5 pic.twitter.com/yFDp63pA2n

— Robert Littal (@BSO) September 1, 2018

Kaepernick’s protests — accompanied by fashion statements like “pig cop” socks — have drawn the ire of President Trump, who has repeatedly criticisms kneelers over the past year, labeling them “sons of bitches” who should be fired.

The president in June canceled the visit of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after several players indicated they would not attend.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.

Zero Hedge

Published  5 months ago

Since announcing their new advertising campaign will be led by Colin Kaepernick, the social media backlash has dominated the virtue-signaling efforts we presume they hoped for.

With images of Nike apparel and footwear being burned and real sacrifice being discussed, it appears investors are growing disillusioned as Nike shares are down 2.4% in the pre-market.

Setting half their lawn on fire while burning Nike shoes pic.twitter.com/rDqGGARzj0

— Things White Folks Like (@Things4WhitePpl) September 4, 2018

On a side note, it appears Twitter has decided that snowflakes are just not prepared to see a pair of sneakers on fire and have attached a warning note to the previous tweet...

dailycaller

Published  5 months ago

Nike stock was down 2.75 percent Tuesday morning after the company announced former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the new face of its “Just Do It” campaign.

The slogan for the campaign is, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

The promotion of the former athlete, who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, has led to major backlash against the sports company. A boycott was started and people began posting videos of themselves burning their Nike gear.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season. After two years, Kaepernick remains unsigned, and he has filed a grievance against NFL owners for colluding against hiring him. (RELATED: Tucker Carlson Slams Nike For Using Colin Kaepernick As A Pawn In Its ‘Decadent’ Scheme)

The kneeling protest spread throughout many teams in the league, and in 2017 President Donald Trump called for NFL players who kneel to be fired. The NFL has since passed new rules against protesting the anthem.

Bleacher Report

Published  5 months ago

Nike selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its "Just Do It" campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Darren Rovell of ESPN reported the choice of Kaepernick, who started the movement to kneel during the United States national anthem to protest racial injustice in August 2016.

Colin Kaepernick

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt https://t.co/SRWkMIDdaO

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True Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Pro-tennis player Serena Williams is supporting former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem.

“I think every athlete, every human and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored,” Williams told The Associated Press.

Along with Kaepernick, she also praised another former San Francisco 49ers player, Eric Reid, after the pair showed up at the U.S. Open on Friday.

I know today will motivate Lani to be great! She couldn’t contain her excitement watching her favorite players @serenawilliams and @Venuseswilliams. Thanks Serena for surprising her after the match! pic.twitter.com/0gwoOlaoVI

— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) September 1, 2018

The NFL protests during the national anthem continued into this season, stirring up controversy, but it all began when Kaepernick first knelt during the 2016 season in protest to police brutality and racial inequality. – READ MORE

Denver Broncos’ general manager John Elway stated on Thursday that his team will not be signing controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick, explaining “he had his chance.”

Following reports that the Broncos may be looking for a veteran quarterback as a backup to starter Case Keenum, Elway was asked during a news conference if Kaepernick was “a viable option.”

“You know what, and I said this a while ago: Colin had his chance to be here. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it,” the Pro Football Hall of Famer answered. “As I said in my deposition, I don’t know if I’ll be legally able to say this, but he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”

John Elway says Colin Kaepernick turned down a contract offer from the Broncos: "He's had his chance to be here. He passed it."

(via @Broncos) pic.twitter.com/Pcy1u7YUEK

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 16, 2018

ESPN reported that Elway gave a deposition in May for Kaepernick’s attorneys as part of their client’s collusion case against the National Football League. – READ MORE

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to Twitter on Monday, to lend support to anthem-protesting former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league.#ColinKaepernick #NFL

Ahmadinejad served as Iran’s president from 2005-2013. During that time he ruthlessly suppressed all political opposition. Most notably in 2009, when he oversaw the murder and incarceration of thousands who protested his contested reelection.

Colin Kaepernick has not played football since the 2016 season, and even then, he wasn’t one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In fact, Kaepernick lost his starting job to journeyman quarterback Blaine Gabbert just prior to the start of that season.

However, the former dictator of one of the leading terrorist states in the world, has a different take. A take that happens to be consistent with most left-wing sports media opinions.

So, apparently, while ESPN loses loses thousands of subscribers in the United States, it seems they have at least one loyal subscriber left in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

Former NFL running back Jim Brown was one of the most prolific players on the gridiron during his short but legendary pro football career but now the Hall of Famer is going to find himself in hot water with a new breed of players who aren’t fit to carry his jockstrap.

In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s Brown was a human bulldozer who during his nine-year career for the Cleveland Browns was one of the most feared runners ever to play the game due to his ability to run over defenders who he came just short of turning into pulp.

Brown abruptly retired in 1966 as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and pursued an acting career in which he appeared in a number of action classics like “The Dirty Dozen”, “Ice Station Zebra” as well as westerns and Blaxploitation flicks and eventually became involved in activism to help gang members find their way and for young blacks to be self-reliant.

Brown was also a black conservative who supported then-president Richard Nixon and has maintained his old school values including having little use for the multimillionaire troublemakers who have hijacked the game with their disrespectful protests of the national anthem.

He also has positive words for President Trump who he has been supportive of and in a recent interview, dared to utter the blasphemy that he supports his reelection campaign in 2020 regardless of how such a stance will go over in the black community.

The Link to the interview is HERE.

NFL Legend Jim Brown Backs Trump In 2020, Says Support Will 'Make Me Very Unpopular In The Black Community' https://t.co/LjLAASonDL

— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 23, 2018

Via The Daily Wire, “NFL Legend Jim Brown Backs Trump In 2020, Says Support Will ‘Make Me Very Unpopular In The Black Community'”:

Appearing on “The JT The Brick Show” on Fox Sports Radio this week, Brown said he’s supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. And he doesn’t care what the “black community” thinks.

“I should be criticizing Trump on every level because he does certain things that call for criticism but when I look at television I see all these announcers become experts and they’re pointing the fingers and they’re not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president,” Brown said.

“Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans … but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it,” Brown said, as reported by TMZ.

Brown said it’s his duty as a good American. “I believe that I have to work on myself first to be as good a person as I could be to back up my country as best as I know how.”

Now that’s old school! There was a day when sports was a unifier until divisive heels like Colin Kaepernick and his amen chorus in the media came around to spoil the experience for millions of fans who don’t like their sports polluted with radical leftist politics.

Living legend or not, the online hate mob is going to be determined to do to Brown what no NFL defense ever could.

Daily Wire

Published  6 months ago

ESPN says it will no longer broadcast pre-game ceremonies when it hosts "Monday Night Football" this NFL season, essentially depriving players who kneel in protest of the airtime they crave.

The network, owned by Disney, has been hemorrhaging viewers and a steep decline in fans tuning out of NFL games in order to avoid players' protests hasn't helped. Initially, the sports-driven network tried to double down on its commitment to openly discussing the political purpose behind player protests, but, it seems, they're now reconsidering their network-wide commitment to promoting "social justice."

“We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem,” ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro told an Axios reporter late Friday.

“Again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we’re not,” he continued. “We have communicated that back to the league. They have not asked but as a courtesy and good partners, we have let them know what our plans are.”

ESPN's "blanket rule" against showing pre-game ceremonies has its exceptions. The network showed players kneeling during the national anthem in 2017, the Sunday after President Donald Trump lashed out at players taking part in a protest started by the former 49ers second-string quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

In the past, ESPN has tuned out of the national anthem, opting instead to have a "discussion" among its Monday Night Football panelists about political matters. It seems that won't happen this year, either. ESPN, Pitaro told reporters, is "not a political organization."

"ESPN is not a political organization," Pitaro told Axios. "It's not our job to politics, purely, but we'll cover the intersection of sports & politics. "When something happens, when Eagles disinvited from White House, when someone takes a knee, if we think newsworthy were going to cover it."

Independent of the protests, Pitaro is also reportedly trying to mend fences with the NFL, not just with football fans.

This is all good news for fans, though it comes at least one season too late. NFL viewership declined considerably last season, nearly 10% across the board, in part because of changes in how fans consume media, but largely because of the kneeling protests and the NFL's seemingly total lack of control over its players. ESPN's ratings declined 11%.

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

BRISTOL, CONN. – ESPN will not show the national anthem during "Monday Night Football" broadcasts this year, the company's president said on Friday.

Jimmy Pitaro addressed the controvery at ESPN’s annual football media day.

Pitaro was asked by a reporter if he spoke to the NFL about the rule changes and the national anthem and if he would consider “turning the cameras on an athlete that’s kneeling for the anthem.”

"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think there’s going to be any change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem,” Pitaro said.

“Again, there could be changes. It’s somewhat unpredictable what’s going to happen in the world but as of now our plan now is to not broadcast the anthem. We have communicated that back to the NFL. They have not asked but we proactively just as a courtesy and as good partners let them know what our plans are,” he continued.

The network also did not air the national anthem during last season’s "Monday Night Football" broadcasts.

Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of event and studio production, said the network showed the national anthem three times last year: following Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, the Las Vegas massacre and President Trump’s comments on the national anthem protests.

When asked what the most inaccurate perception of ESPN is, Pitaro said it was branding the network a “political organization.”

“That we’re a political organization because we are not. We are a sports media company. We are always going to cover the intersection between sports and politics,” he said.

He continued to explain that the network covered things that were “newsworthy.”

“We are the place of record for sports when something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited to the White House, we are going to cover that. When someone takes a knee and we think it’s newsworthy we’re going to cover it. But we have to be the place of record,” he explained.

ESPN’s president said he was not worried about losing a contract with the NFL, saying the media outlet and the league have a “strong relationship.”

“We want to be in business with the NFL and I believe they want to be in business with us. We’re optimistic about not just about the next four years but for the long-term partnership.”

The remarks come just months after the NFL adopted a policy that would fine teams and league personnel who do not “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” However, the policy was put on hold as the NFL and NFL Players’ Association negotiated the strategy.

The kneeling triggered fierce debates and criticism from Trump. The protests were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016-2017 NFL season in opposition to police brutality.

USA TODAY

Published  6 months ago

SportsPulse: Trysta Krick and USA TODAY Sports’ fantasy football expert Steve Gardner give you their studs, duds and sleepers for the 2018 season. USA TODAY Sports

New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro told reporters Friday that the network does not plan to televise the national anthem as part of its Monday Night Football broadcasts this season.

Pitaro, who was hired March 5 following the abrupt departure of John Skipper, told reporters at a media event on ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., that the network has not previously shown the national anthem during its Monday Night Football broadcasts and does not have plans to change — at least, not in the immediate future.

According to Axios, Pitaro also said that ESPN has informed the league of its plans "as (a) courtesy" given their partnership. Earlier, he had told reporters that he has spent much of his young tenure at ESPN working to strengthen the company's relationship with the NFL.

ESPN pays about $2 billion per year for the right to broadcast Monday Night Football , according to the Associated Press.

Demonstrations during the national anthem have become a hot-button issue for the NFL over the past two years, dating back to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to first take a knee during the anthem in 2016. Players have described the demonstrations as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality, but critics — including the president — have denounced them as disrespectful to the military and unpatriotic.

The league and the NFL Players' Association are currently working toward a mutually agreeable policy for conduct during the national anthem, and it is unclear whether a new policy will be unveiled prior to the beginning of the regular season Sept. 6.

Later in his Friday remarks, Pitaro bristled at the notion that ESPN is a political organization, but told reporters the network will continue to cover the intersections of sports and politics and sports and culture.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

Washington Free Beacon

Published  6 months ago

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered an endorsement on Wednesday to an 11-year-old girl for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance, telling her to "keep up the good work."

Clinton tweeted in response to a NowThis video about Mariana Taylor, a sixth-grader at Catonsville Middle School in Baltimore County, Maryland. The video talks about how she was reprimanded by her teacher in May for kneeling in protest during the Pledge of Allegiance. Taylor, a student "with strong beliefs about racial injustice, sexism, gay rights and President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexico border," said she was inspired to kneel by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his protests against racial injustice, the Washington Post reported.

"It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana," Clinton tweeted.

Taylor told the Post she began kneeling durning the pledge to "to show people that what’s going on is not okay."

The student said she was berated by her teacher on the third day of kneeling and was told she should be standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to honor the good things in America. The sixth-grader also said her teacher told her she was disrespecting the country by kneeling, noting she had family overseas, according to the Post.

"It was very upsetting that she came up and confronted me and said I was disrespecting the country," said Taylor, who left the class in tears.

The teacher at one point argued that she acted out of concern for Mariana, worrying that the girl was fixated on the nation’s problems, according to the ACLU letter. "She did not explain how this concern would lead her to reprimand Mariana for being disrespectful," the letter said.

A counselor spoke up for Mariana the day the alleged episode happened, saying she was "brave," and at another point, the teacher said she was sorry if she had misunderstood policy or been wrong to question the girl, the letter said.

The principal weighed in a few days later, first saying school system rules prohibited kneeling but later telling the family he had learned from district administrators and legal advisers that the school system had not encountered a similar situation before, according to the letter. He thought the policy may need updating, the letter said.

This is not the first time Clinton has defended kneeling. The former secretary of state castigated President Donald Trump last October in London, telling the crowd that his attacks on players kneeling during the national anthem are "very clear dog-whistles" to his base and that kneeling is a "reverent position."

"Actually, kneeling is a reverent position," Clinton said. "It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system."

She added the protests are "not against our anthem or our flag."

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

Hillary Clinton gave an 11-year-old girl a pat on the back Wednesday after the girl made news for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Clinton tweeted a NowThis report on Wednesday highlighting 11-year-old Mariana Taylor, a sixth-grader at a Maryland school who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and decided to kneel instead.

It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018

“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.

Taylor, who said former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick inspired her, told the Washington Post in May that her teacher scolded her for kneeling during the pledge.

Eventually, her parents and the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union got involved, but the school district said she was not disciplined for her actions.

“We know of no [Baltimore County Public Schools] student who has been reprimanded or punished for nonparticipation in patriotic observances,” the school said in a statement. “We fully support students’ rights and encourage student voice as articulated in board policy.”

The Post described Taylor, who attends Catonsville Middle School, as a “sixth-grader with strong beliefs about racial injustice, sexism, gay rights and President Trump’s proposed wall at the Mexico border.”

Clinton, in her tweet weighing in on the local school dispute, took the exact opposite stance of President Trump, who has publicly voiced his displeasure with football players like Kaepernick who choose to kneel during the national anthem.

“Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!” Trump tweeted in September 2017.

Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

Hillary Clinton commented in support of the NFL players who knelt during the national anthem out of protest in 2017 when she hit the speaking circuit to promote her book What Happened.

“And by the way, let’s be clear, those players aren’t protesting the national anthem or the flag, they’re protesting racism and injustice, and they have every right to do so,” she told the crowd at the University of California-Davis in October 2017.

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says that the national anthem, is indistinguishable from a “slave song.”

In an August 14 editorial for The Hollywood Reporter, the Laker legend said that NFL players are required to stand for the anthem just like pre-Civil War slaves were expected to sing during their work, Fox News reported.

“Currently, the song being demanded is the national anthem during football games. But during a warm-up game on Aug. 10, despite President Trump’s previous condemnation, several Eagles players kneeled during the anthem or raised their fists — their way of singing their own song,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

“For them, lyrics like ‘land of the free’ don’t accurately represent the daily reality for people of color,” the Hall of Famer accused. “They love their country but want that country to recognize the suffering that occurs when it isn’t living up to its constitutional promises.”

Abdul-Jabbar also attacked President Donald Trump’s claim that many players don’t understand what the protests are really about.

“Who would know better how to define their outrage:,” Abdul-Jabar asked, “the privileged darling of white supremacists, the 94 percent-white team owners, the 75 percent-white head coaches or the 70 percent-black players who actually take the field each week?”

With the 2018 preseason well underway, many NFL players are once again using the national anthem as a platform to protest against the country, with many echoing both Abdul-Jabbar and anthem protest inventor Colin Kaepernick that that the U.S. A., has never been great.

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

Now that the preseason has kicked off and the divisive protests of the national anthem have spilled over into another NFL season, it is looking like the league will be unable to extricate itself from

Conservative News Today

Published  6 months ago

A Florida labor union representing police officers in Broward County is calling on its members to send the Miami Dolphins a powerful message.

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association cancelled participation in a discount ticket program with the NFL franchise after some players refused to stand for the national anthem at a preseason game.

“The Broward County PBA recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders,” a statement posted on Facebook read.

“We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem. This did not happen at last night’s preseason game against Tampa Bay,” it continued.

The Broward County PBA announced it would no longer take part in the program and asked its members to follow suit.

“We are asking all of our members, as well as members of the Dade County PBA and Palm Beach County PBA, not to participate either,” the statement read.

Many NFL players continued their national anthem protests with raised fists and bended knees as the league began the 2018 preseason this week.

‘Not going to end well’: Defiant start to NFL preseason with players on knees, fists in the air https://t.co/7EsqqlEPgm pic.twitter.com/O8RFTCDl2v

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 10, 2018

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” behind their teammates who were standing along the sideline before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who did not appear to be protesting. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the protests by kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest social injustices, tweeted in response to Stills and Wilson’s reported protests.

My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!✊?

? @footcandles#imwithkap #imwithereid #takeaknee pic.twitter.com/LimoadfUcW

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 10, 2018

The Broward County PBA urged members to request refunds for tickets already purchased.

“If you have already purchased tickets to this game, we encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day,” their statement read.

Neighboring county PBA’s shared the message.

Though some of the comments on Facebook asserted that NFL players have a constitutional right to kneel or protest how they want during the national anthem, many others backed the police organization and its decision.

“I didn’t see any of the people kneeling do anything in the off-season to address their concerns so to me it is just a matter of disrespect for the country so I won’t be watching pro football,” one Facebook user wrote.

“When the NFL disrespects our first responders, our military, our country, and our flag, they are no longer Americans, they are the enemy within,” another commented.

Conservative Fighters

Published  6 months ago

After players on several NFL teams opted to continue an ongoing silent protest during the pregame national anthem in preseason play this week, President Donald Trump once again added his input to the debate.

In a pair of Friday morning tweets, he suggested the demonstrators do not actually know what they are protesting.

The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

“The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” he wrote. “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to do.”

Trump said the athletes, who say they are demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality, should pick a different forum for their protests or face suspension from the league.

…..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

“They make a fortune doing what they love………..Be happy, be cool!” Trump tweeted. “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”

Following Thursday’s games, the NFL issued a statement concerning the pregame protests, as reported by ESPN.

“There has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem,” spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.

He added that those “who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.”

McCarthy said that the NFL remains “committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our community.”

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began the protests during the 2016 preseason, also weighed in on the demonstrations that kicked off this preseason.

My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!

@footcandles#imwithkap #imwithereid #takeaknee pic.twitter.com/LimoadfUcW

Specifically, he tweeted his support for Miami Dolphins players who demonstrated by taking a knee during the anthem prior to Thursday’s game.

One of those protesters, defensive end Robert Quinn, explained his decision to protest.

“As a black man in this world, I’ve got an obligation to raise awareness,” he said. “If no one wants to live in unity, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.”

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

NFL players continued to protest the national anthem on Thursday night as the league heads into its second week of preseason games.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner, ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.

Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, reportedly raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer.

Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem. Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and spent the anthem walking toward the bench. Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder.

— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 9, 2018

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench," the news outlet reported. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song.

Malcolm Jenkins held his fist in the air in the during the national anthem. He had stopped last December. Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins.

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 9, 2018

Across the NFL, players followed former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season in protest of social injustice and racial inequality.

It sparked a national discussion about patriotism, and drew sharp vitriol from President Trump, who condemned those who kneeled as disrespectful to America.

Trump in June uninvited the Eagles from visiting the White House in honor of their Super Bowl win months earlier. He said the team didn't agree with his belief that NFL players should stand during the anthem.

The NFL modified its national anthem protocol in May, prohibiting any sort of demonstrations for the 2018 season, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they chose to. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators.

The players' union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFL Players Association work on a resolution.

Fox News' Amy Lieu contributed to this report.

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

It didn’t take long for the NFL to find itself saddled with more public relations trouble thanks to the actions of a radical vocal minority who have been able to hijack the games to express their contempt for the police, disrespect to the flag and hatred for President Trump.

Yes, welcome to “Return Of The Cop Haters” as the disciples of Colin Kaepernick – the messianic figurehead of the political movement that has alienated millions of fans – are back in action and weeks before the regular season kickoff, have already poisoned the well for feckless Commissioner Roger Goodell who mistakenly believed that he could put this hot mess behind him.

On Thursday night in Miami, members of the Dolphins including the toxic multimillionaire receiver Kenny Stills resumed their anti-American antics during the Star-Spangled Banner before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stills was hailed by none other than Kaepernick himself for taking a knee against “systemic oppression” which is a real head-scratcher considering that the wide receiver is playing under a four-year $32 million deal which would seem to be proof that an unskilled person of color can carve out a nice slice of pie in America regardless of where they started out.

But even while the thumbing of noses at Goodell and Trump served as an inspirational show of defiance by the SJW mob and it’s jock sniffing cheerleaders in the media, it sure didn’t sit well with some law enforcement professionals who have been demonized by the political left and dumped on by the kneelers.

The police unions in the South Florida counties that comprise the largest chunk of the Dolphins’ geographic fan base are calling Stills and other players protests out as disrespectful and a “slap in the face” and urging officers and other members to return their tickets and boycott the NFL’s Miami franchise.

Police unions urges police to return their Miami Dolphins tickets after anthem protest @PBC_PBA @goBCPBA https://t.co/u4SoXpd6Mk

— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) August 11, 2018

Via The Hill, “Florida police unions discourage officers from buying Dolphins tickets after players kneel during anthem”:

Police in Florida are reportedly being discouraged by their unions from buying Miami Dolphins tickets after two Dolphins players knelt during the national anthem Thursday in their preseason opener.

The Broward County, Dade County and Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Associations are urging members of their associations not to buy tickets to the NFL team’s games, according to a statement posted by the Broward County PBA on Facebook.

“The Broward County PBA (BCPBA) recently offered our members discounts to a Miami Dolphins game because that franchise said they were going to honor all First Responders,” BCPBA posted on Facebook Friday. The post was first reported by CBS Sports.

“We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the National Anthem. This did not happen at last night’s preseason game against Tampa Bay,” the message continues. “As a result, the BCPBA will no longer participate in this ticket program, and we are asking all of our members, as well as members of the Dade County PBA and Palm Beach County PBA, not to participate either.”

“This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day,” the association wrote.

This does not bode well for a league that has badly misjudged both the malignancy of the cancer on its sidelines as well as the tolerance of fans for this despicable conduct.

Good thing for Goodell that he has already signed his $200 million contract extension and by doing so has scammed the owners just as much as the kneelers did after the league agreed to pay $90 million to several black organizations for social justice causes.

Now that the new season has picked up right where the last one ended, there’s going to be a lot of empty seats at Hard Rock Stadium again this year.

100PercentFedUp.com

Published  6 months ago

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

Jim Brown, Hall of Fame running back and civil rights champion, said Tuesday that he would always stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner”—and would prefer if players would, too.

Brown, 82, who spoke before the HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks,” said: “I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag.”

“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” he said. “I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man.

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag.”

- Jim Brown, Hall of Fame running back, civil rights champion

“We work hard to make it better and that’s my attitude, so I don’t relate to this issue because it’s newsworthy because where are your superstars? And where are they at? Aren’t they making comments?”

While Brown said he preferred if players would stand for the national anthem, he also respected the players’ right to do what they want—even if it is to kneel.

“Well, if you take the bottom line, what are we talking about? We’re talking about freedom to express one’s self, and if you don’t break any rules then you have that particular right,” he said.

(Associated Press)

Protests during the anthem have enveloped the league since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest social injustice during the 2017 season.

The NFL modified its anthem protocol in May, prohibiting demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

"But this is my country, and I'll work out the problems, but I'll do it in an intelligent manner."

- Jim Brown, in a 2017 interview

Brown, who championed civil rights during his playing career and became an activist in retirement, has remained consistent on his stance, having addressed the issue in 2017.

"I'm going to give you the real deal: I'm an American,” Brown said in an interview with ThePostGame. “I don't desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I'm not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I'm going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I'll work out the problems, but I'll do it in an intelligent manner."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

NBA superstar LeBron James told CNN’s Don Lemon that he feels President Donald J. Trump is using sports to “kind of divide” America.

Mashable

Published  6 months ago

Image: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

On Labor Day, Nike released a powerful ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL star still in exile for standing up for his beliefs and right to free speech.

The ad is a simple black and white image of Kaepernick's face with the message, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Kaepernick tweeted the ad from his Twitter account Monday afternoon.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the ad is part of a campaign that will make Kaepernick the face of the company's legendary "Just Do It" campaign, which turns 30 this year.

BREAKING: Nike had been paying Colin Kaepernick all along, waiting for the right moment. That moment is now, as he becomes the face of the company’s 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign. pic.twitter.com/uccpDStbq5

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 3, 2018

Kaepernick and Nike's relationship has been at the heart of some controversy since Kaepernick became the target of both support and criticism over his decision to kneel for the national anthem before NFL games in protest of police violence against African-Americans. But, according to Rovell, it seems there was a plan all along.

That the ad dropped on Labor Day is either part of the message or a huge, impactful coincidence given that Kaepernick's lawsuit against the NFL — alleging owners have colluded to keep him out of the league over his protests — is moving forward after a key ruling last week. The quarterback has been a free agent since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and, so far, no other team has extended him an offer.

Kaepernick's protests, which began in 2016, has long since spread to other athletes and embroiled players, the league, networks, and even the president in a long simmering debate. That debate led the NFL to implement new rules that would punish similar protests, a move seemingly made to appease President Trump, but they were eventually rolled back.

Reactions to the ad began to pour in Monday afternoon from other NFL players and figures like Jemele Hill, who found herself at the center of a similar frenzy thanks to Trump's infantile behavior.

I Always thought the Air Jordan’s craze was silly. But I will be buying 10 pairs of Those "Air Kaepernick’s" when they come out. Well done @Nike

— THE UPRISE (@OsiUmenyiora) September 3, 2018

It's all a little weird to see a giant corporation like Nike co-opting an activist movement for ad dollars. After all, it's worth noting that Nike and the NFL just re-upped their partnership with Nike providing uniforms and apparel for every NFL team.

Regardless of where you stand, that the ad dropped just days before the new NFL season kicks off on Thursday night will surely cause a lot of conversation and probably a new headache for the league.

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.

Curtis West, who with his wife, Janet, co-owns Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville, told FOX13 Tampa Bay on Monday there will be no NFL games shown because of the “disrespect” the players have shown.

“Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset,” West told the station.

The restaurant will save more than $5,000 by canceling its package and instead will offer veterans 40 percent off on food Sundays during game days, the station reported.

West hung up posters alerting his customers of the change.

“Beef O'Brady's will not be financially supporting the NFL this year due to their lack of compassion and gratitude for our American service members,” the poster read. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. This tradition deserves respect and unfortunately, the NFL does not feel that same way. So, for this season, we will not be purchasing the NFL ticket. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”

West said he didn’t believe the players intended to disrespect veterans with their protest.

"Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset."

- Curtis West, co-owner of Beef O'Brady's

“This is what we are doing, this is the stance we take, and the money we would've spent, we are going to spend on our vets,” he said.

Beef O’Brady’s will not totally be football-free. West said he will show NFL games on the local stations because he’s not specifically paying for them.

West conceded he knows Sundays will be much slower, but believes the risk is worth it.

“We are proud to support our troops, we don't kneel, and thank you for your service,” West said as he read one of his posters. “It's a big deal to us.”

The NFL's kneeling controversies began after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of social injustices in the U.S. Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House.

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.

Curtis West, who co-owns Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville with his wife Janet, told FOX13 Tampa Bay on Monday there will be no NFL games shown because of the “disrespect” the players have shown.

“Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset,” West told the station.

The restaurant will save more than $5,000 by canceling its package and instead will offer veterans 40 percent off on food Sundays during game days, the station reported.

West hung up posters alerting his customers of the change.

“Beef O'Brady's will not be financially supporting the NFL this year due to their lack of compassion and gratitude for our American service members,” the poster read. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. This tradition deserves respect and unfortunately, the NFL does not feel that same way. So, for this season, we will not be purchasing the NFL ticket. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”

West said he didn’t believe the players intended to disrespect veterans with their protest.

"Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset."

- Curtis West, co-owner of Beef O'Brady's

“This is what we are doing, this is the stance we take, and the money we would've spent, we are going to spend on our vets,” he said.

Beef O’Brady’s will not be totally football-free. West said he will show NFL games on the local stations because he’s not specifically paying for them.

West conceded he knows Sundays will be much slower, but believes the risk is worth it.

“We are proud to support our troops, we don't kneel, and thank you for your service,” West said as he read one of his posters. “It's a big deal to us.”

The NFL's kneeling controversies began after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of social injustices in the U.S. Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House.

National Review

Published  7 months ago

I’ve got some questions for my progressive readers. When you think of Colin Kaepernick, do you define him by his quiet kneeling and many thoughtful interviews? Or do you define him by the socks he wore once, dehumanizing cops as pigs?

When you think of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, do you define him by his hundreds of thousands of eloquent and meticulously researched words? Or do you define him by his call for violence in Baltimore, or his dehumanizing statements about the heroic cops and firefighters who rushed into the World Trade Center on 9/11?

Is Samantha Bee defined by the time she accused a cancer patient of having “Nazi hair”? Or when she used a vile epithet to describe Ivanka Trump?

I can do this all day. (Joy Reid, anyone?) Because recently I’ve been led to believe — repeatedly, in fact — that online mobbing most definitely does not reflect intolerance towards conservatives but instead is wholly targeted at the people who are really bad. And how do we know that they’re really bad?

A tweet or two. Five minutes of a podcast. Those things, not a life’s work, tell the true tale of a man.

I bring this up of course because of the latest Two Minutes Hate, this time — oddly enough — directed at actor Mark Duplass. He had the audacity to tweet: “Fellow liberals: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @benshapiro I don’t agree with him on much but he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice. He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

The pile-on was so swift and overwhelming that Duplass not only deleted his tweet but apologized thoroughly and abjectly, in a tweet that condemned Ben in no uncertain terms:

I’m sorry, but this is pitiful. Truly pitiful. And it was accompanied, as it always is, by progressives assuring us that, no, we do want to hear from conservatives, just not that conservative. We don’t want to hear from the awful Ben Shapiro.

Or the awful Kevin Williamson.

Or the awful Jordan Peterson.

Or the awful Bret Stephens.

Are you beginning to detect a pattern here? The online mob picks through a writer’s past, finds the specific idea or tweet it finds most offensive, focuses on that idea, and then assures us that while it’s truly open to debate and dialogue, this guy (or girl) is beyond the pale. You see it in a Vox piece by Zack Beauchamp explaining that it was totally cool to force Duplass to apologize. Responding to one of Ben’s liberal defenders, Beauchamp says:

He’s arguing that the real Ben isn’t the sum total of his work, but rather the nice things he says to his liberal friends. We should try to reason away his beyond-the-pale opinions, when in fact they’re evidence he might not be a reasonable person.

You see a similar effect whenever one of the New York Times’ op-ed pages recent hires — I’m thinking of Bari Weiss and Bret Stephens specifically — writes something offensive or poorly thought out. You’re asked to look past the offensive work in question, like Stephens’s pieces denying climate change science, and try to have a reasonable conversation. The problem is that the so-called indiscretions are as characteristic of their work and worldview as their more reasonable sounding output — but pointing that out can be portrayed, by people like Weinstein, as evidence of intolerance, of refusing to listen to the other side.

No, Beauchamp gets this exactly backwards. Ben is the sum total of his work. He is not the isolated hot take or tweet. And no one is asked to “look past” anything — but rather to engage with objectionable arguments. What we are asking is that a debate take place, rather than an attempt to intimidate and shame a person into silence or a campaign to get him fired.

The truly absurd aspect of the online mobbing of Shapiro, Williamson, Peterson, Stephens, and Weiss is that it’s taking place in a world where not only are vicious racists and bigots very real, but some of the people in the list above have taken them on (and endured the vicious blowback) in direct and courageous ways. No one endured more anti-Semitic hate than Ben during the 2016 election, for example. You might call him racist, but the actual racists hate him even more than the online progressive mob does.

I freely admit that Ben is a friend of mine. But I don’t write this piece to say, “Trust me! He’s a great guy in person!” but rather to say that if a progressive can’t even compliment a person like Ben, then our public discourse is dysfunctional and diseased.

Finally, I know full well that no one is violating Ben’s legal rights or censoring Mark Duplass. I know that online shaming isn’t censorship. I also know that it is intended to limit debate. I know that it is intended to silence. It is intended to raise the cost of engagement and hinder dialogue. It is even sometimes intended to threaten a person’s livelihood. It is also arrogant and intolerant. The progressive mob doesn’t have a monopoly on truth, and a culture that rejects real debate is a culture that stagnates and starts to decay.

Fox News

Published  7 months ago

The National Football League and its players association announced Thursday that the league would hold off on enforcing its new national anthem policy while the two sides attempt to resolve the issue.

In a joint statement, the NFL and NFLPA said they have "have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue.

"In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy," the statement continued. "No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

The league announced in May that teams would be fined if players did not stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" while on the field or on the sidelines. The policy did allow players to stay in the locker room if they wished.

The NFLPA filed a grievance challenging the anthem policy earlier this month. That grievance has also been put on hold during the talks.

"The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice," the joint statement concluded. "Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation."

Earlier Thursday, The Associated Press reported that the Miami Dolphins had issued a team policy classifying anthem protests under a large list of "conduct detrimental to the club," all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

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None of the team policies toward player protests have been made public. Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players' actions.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. It became one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in sports.

Critics led by President Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump's criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.

The league and a coalition of players have been working in tandem to support player initiatives for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.

Kaepernick didn't play at all last season and still hasn't been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick's former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NPR.org

Published  7 months ago

The NFL had intended for its rule to achieve a resolution.

For more than a year, controversy had eddied endlessly around players' decisions to kneel during the national anthem. And the league thought a policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they were on the field — but also allowing them to stay off the field and out of sight — would end an uncomfortable conversation that had reached even the White House.

But if it was resolution the league was seeking, the move failed.

The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league "on behalf of all players."

"The union's claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL's governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights," the group explained in a statement.

Virtually from the moment the new rule was rolled out in May, the NFLPA has made its displeasure clear, saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners failed to consult players and contradicted assurances they'd offered the union.

"NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about," the NFLPA said at the time.

Many players publicly criticized the rule as a backslide for a league leadership with whom they had recently found common ground. Just one day earlier the Players Coalition, a group of activist-minded current and former NFL athletes, had inked a partnership with the league putting tens of millions of dollars toward initiatives grappling with social issues.

But in instituting the new rule, the NFL owners sought to "thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country," said Malcolm Jenkins, co-founder of the Players Coalition and All-Pro safety for the Philadelphia Eagles. "Everyone loses when voices are stifled."

Less than two weeks later President Trump disinvited Jenkins' Super Bowl-winning Eagles from a victory celebration at the White House. The president was clear about why he was rescinding his invite to the champions, many of whom had already said they did not want to attend.

And Trump made known on Twitter that he was not satisfied either with the NFL's solution to a controversy he and his vice president have followed closely — albeit for a different reason: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling," he tweeted in rescinding the invitation one day before the delegation was to arrive. "Sorry!"

The NFLPA's move Tuesday is not the first grievance filed by players or on their behalf regarding the league's reaction to the anthem protests.

Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who began the action, filed allegations that team owners have colluded to keep him out of the NFL, and the union filed a similar claim on behalf of his ex-teammate Eric Reid, who has also struggled to find a job since becoming closely associated with the protest.

Now, the union is following through on its promise in May to "challenge any aspect of [the new rule] that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement." Though the group did not clarify what particular aspects it was challenging.

At any rate, NFLPA leaders have expressed optimism they will be able to work together with the league to achieve what Goodell and Co. said they had intended in the first place: that elusive resolution. And they will be enlisting an independent arbitrator to help.

George Atallah, the union's assistant executive director of external affairs, said Tuesday he was glad that both players and management "will sit down and work on a solution, together."

Renewed Right

Published  7 months ago

Then members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles disrespected President Trump and were disinvited from the White House.

Now a new poll has Roger Goodell and every NFL owner shaking in their boots.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune showed that nearly half of Texas’ registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of the National Football League.

The Texas Tribune reports:

Overall, 47 percent of voters said they have an unfavorable opinion of the NFL — including 28 percent who said they have a very unfavorable opinion, while 27 percent said they have a favorable impression of the league.

Black voters had the most positive opinions of the NFL — 49 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable. Among Hispanic voters, 29 percent were positive and 39 percent were negative. White voters were the least impressed of all: 20 percent have a favorable impression of the league, while 55 percent have a negative impression.

Texans notoriously love football and the Lone Star State is home to two NFL franchises, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

The Cowboys were the most valuable sports franchise in the world in 2017 according to Forbes, but this poll could be bad news for owner Jerry Jones.

When Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the national anthem, many Americans took it as a slap in the face. Then more players joined in and turned the league into a politicized mess.

So fans burned jerseys, stopped buying tickets, and shut off their TVs on Sundays.

With training camps opening up in July, NFL executives are running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to downplay this massive PR problem.

But the damage is already done.

If coddled millionaire athletes continue to force their fans to choose between supporting their team and standing up for their country, they’ll be in for a rude awakening.

Will you watch the NFL this season? Please let us know in the comments section.

Patriotic Express

Published  8 months ago

The NFL might be, incredibly, facing it’s biggest hurdle this upcoming season as the anthem kneeling debate has been rekindled on the heels of the NFL’s new “hide in the locker room” rule.

Now, a group of players are purportedly planning on essentially boycotting next season if their anthem-kneeling overlord, Colin Kaepernick, isn’t signed to a team.

According to the sometimes-reliable Shaun King, “several” “star” NFL players are considering sitting out this season unless former 49ers second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow national anthem protester Eric Reid are signed to teams.

King reported Sunday that these same “star players” aim to get 25% of the league participating in their boycott.

Both Kaepernick and Reid have filed “collusion grievances” with the National Football League, claiming that owners decided, as a group, to lock them out of playing professional football. Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016, when he turned down a one-year contract to play quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in search of a better deal — something he apparently thought his protest qualified him for. Reid played in the 2017 season but has not yet been picked up for the 2018 season.

Now that the league has an official policy on national anthem protests, these “star” players feel Kaepernick and Reid should get roster spots, according to NBC News.

If King’s report proves true, this could be a costly season for some NFL players; teams may fine players up to $40,000 per day for sitting out training camp, and players who don’t play won’t earn their per-game checks, and some may even have to give back any signing bonus they received on condition that they play weekly in the NFL. That’s a lot of money to forfeit for two players who aren’t necessarily at the top of their respective games.

NBC’s analysts say they haven’t heard any rumors of players not showing up for training camp, and if players wanted to protest, there are “optional” team activities they could sit out during the summer at no cost.

Fox News

Published  1 year ago

Jay-Z isn't the only person upset with Travis Scott for agreeing to perform with Maroon 5 at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show.

Rev. Al Sharpton slammed Scott, claiming that Scott essentially turned his back on the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality against people of color by agreeing to perform at the NFL's biggest night.

"I think anyone that goes into the halftime show is in effect directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues," Sharpton told TMZ in a clip posted early Saturday.

"You can't tell people to stand for those that take a knee and don't go to the games and then say 'but somebody ought to perform there and entertain.' You're drawing TV viewers, you're bringing supporters, and I think that you can't have it both ways," Sharpton fumed. "You can’t help people market something and then turn around and say you agree with the people protesting."

Sharpton then referenced other artists who refused to perform the halftime show with Maroon 5, including Cardi B and Rihanna, who each collaborated with the band in the past.

"I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say 'I'm not going to participate,’ " Sharpton concluded. "You can't fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus."

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