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Baltimore Ravens Stand for ‘Black National Anthem,’ Most Protest During U.S. Anthem


Reported by WARNER TODD HUSTON | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2020/09/14/baltimore-ravens-stand-for-black-national-anthem-most-protest-during-u-s-anthem/

Ravens / Getty Images/Will Newton

As the Ravens faced the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, all but two of the Ravens proudly stood as “Life Every Voice and Sing” rang out over the stadium’s public address system. Ahead of the song, the Ravens lined up at the goal line as a show of support. As the “black national anthem” played, Ravens players Marlon Humphrey and Matthew Judon took a knee, according to Baltimore Sun sports reporter Daniel Oyefusi. But when the U.S. national anthem started, more than half of the Ravens took a knee in protest.

 

The Baltimore Sun added that defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale, and defensive end Calais Campbell and quarterback Lamar Jackson took a knee during the national anthem.

“A lot of players on this team are really passionate about the community, about our backgrounds and where we come from,” Campbell said after the game. “I think most of the guys wanted to protest against the injustices in our community. … This is just an opportunity for us to use this platform to try to affect change in the communities.”

Protests were rampant across the NFL on Sunday. Dozens of players and staff from the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions protested during the national anthem on Sunday. The Carolina Panthers also protested during the anthem.

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Black Football Player Stands Up To NFL – The ‘Anti-Kaepernick’ Sets Them Straight, Refuses To Kneel For The Flag


Reported By Adam Casalino | July 28, 2020

Black Football Player Stands Up To NFL – The ‘Anti-Kaepernick’ Sets Them Straight, Refuses To Kneel For The Flag

What’s Happening:

The NFL is continuing its slide into “wokeness.” For years they’ve let players anger fans with Anthem protests.

And after this year’s widespread politically-driven riots, it seems the league is becoming even more left-wing. Not only will the league allow kneeling, but they are also playing the “Black national anthem,” “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” before the real Anthem. Players are even allowed to wear emblems honoring victims of police violence (though emblems to honor police were not allowed).

One brave player is standing up to the “woke” NFL, and he may be the new anti-Kaepernick:

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt said on Monday that he will not kneel during the national anthem this upcoming NFL season.

And he explained exactly why on Twitter:

Why It’s Important:

Pittsburgh’s Stephon Tuitt says he will stand for the Flag and National Anthem. He criticized those who would “have a problem” with his patriotic act. He told a story about how his grandmother emigrated to America, working “her ass off” to do it “the right way.”

It appears Tuitt is proud of the country and his family and is willing to defy pressure from the woke, leftist mob. And good luck to the people who try to argue with him or his grandmother.

But even with men like this standing up for the country (a minority in the professional sports it seems), will it be enough to save the NFL? For the last few years, the league has allowed players to kneel. Fans from coast to coast have expressed outrage over these stunts. Many social media posts and videos show fans calling out their teams, even destroying their hats and jerseys. As a result, ratings (and stadium attendance) has been plummeting, year over year.

Also, worth noting is the harm extended COVID lockdowns have done to other professional sports leagues. Other leagues have suffered huge financial losses, thanks to states mandating an end to large gatherings. Those restrictions will hurt the NFL, too. So, at a time when the league needs to bring in every last fan possible (to stave off losses), they are deliberately insulting millions of patriotic Americans.

Doesn’t sound like a winning strategy to us.

Will you be tuning in to NFL games this fall?

Key Takeaways:

  • Steeler’s Stephon Tuitt promised to stand during the National Anthem.
  • He challenged anyone that would be upset by his act of patriotism.
  • The NFL has suffered a drop in support after allowing Anthem protests.

Source: Fox NewsTwitter

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One Bar Dumped the NFL on Veterans Day and The Community Responded in a BIG Way


Reported By Warner Todd Huston November 14, 2017

It is well established that bars and restaurants rake in much of their cash on NFL game days and many fear a boycott of the NFL will hurt their bottom line. But this year on Veterans Day, as millions of Americans decided to boycott the NFL over its constant anti-American protests mounted during the playing of the national anthem, one bar in New Jersey decided to risk its bottom line to support America. And the community turned out in droves.

Bars are especially loathe to turn off the NFL, but the owners of Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale, New Jersey, decided that patriotism and America meant more to them than money. So, Chris Maltese, one of the owners of Woody’s, decided to turn off the NFL especially on Veterans Day, according to APP.com.

If Maltese and his employees felt any trepidation over turning off the NFL last weekend, it turned out that they needn’t have worried. After their fellow citizens learned of the Veterans Day plans, they turned out by the dozens to fill the place with patriotism and revelry despite the absence of the anti-American protesters of the National Football League.

Woody’s announced that they were going to turn off the TVs on Veterans Day and were instead going to raise money for the Special Forces Association Chapter 19 and military families. And once word got out what the bar was planning, the town went wild.

Far from losing cash because they turned off the NFL, Woody’s found itself filled to capacity and even running out of glasses and cutlery for the customers.

“We’re not trying to be political here, we’re just trying to support our veterans,” Maltese said. “I think people are looking to have some kind of voice in the whole NFL thing… and this is their voice.”

Patrons of Woody’s were pleased with the bar’s decision to turn off football.

Bar patron Andy Barcellona is one who loved the bar’s decision. Barcellona, who is a former staff sergeant in the Army’s 3rd Infantry, entered Woody’s wearing a T-Shirt saying, “I stand for our flag,” said he was “kind of shocked” when he learned of the bar’s plans for Veterans Day. But he said he was all in because he is offended by the NFL’s constant anti-American protests.

“I was a diehard Giants fan… No more Giants. No more football,” Barcellona said. “The flag is more important than football.”

Other customers agreed:

“I haven’t watched a game since they started (the protest),” said Randy Lynd, 55, of Manasquan, a former Special Forces Green Beret who served 27 years in the Army.

Lynd, who said he served five tours in Afghanistan, expressed little sympathy for professional athletes who he said made millions of dollars each year while soldiers continued to fight and die for the flag.

“I think people doing the right thing should be supported,” he said outside of Woody’s as he gestured toward the restaurant. “This is the right thing.” 

In the end, the bar sponsored a mass Pledge of Allegiance and celebrated the U.S.A. instead of wasting their time with football. And the bar came away with more money than it ever made in a single day and raised money for our veterans at the same time.

Meanwhile, the NFL has proved that it still doesn’t get it.

The league even sponsored a disgusting Veterans Day commercial filled with some of the worst, anti-American protesters in the league peddling the lie that they love America and our veterans.

 Anthem protesters like the Philadelphia Eagles Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, the Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin, and the Tennessee Titans Delanie Walker all tried to pretend that they are still patriotic Americans despite their constant anti-American protests. They are trying to fool America into imagining that their protest is not against America, but is “only” about police brutality.

But that isn’t what the inventor of the national anthem protest said of his brainchild. In his own words, former San Francisco 49ers second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick said that his protests were specifically meant as a protest against the United States of America and all it stands for.

This is what Kaepernick said in August of 2016, the year he started his protests:

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 

There you have it. In his own words, Kaepernick told us he couldn’t stand up for the flag or the country.

This is the same Colin Kaepernick who said the U.S. “has never been great.” He called our police “pigs” by wearing socks with cartoon police pigs on them. He outraged America’s Cuban immigrants by complimenting murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro and also wore a T-Shirt lionizing the murderous dictator.

So, don’t fall for the NFL’s lies. These protests continue to occur during the song that pays homage to this great nation, and the inventor of the protest was counting on just that to serve as a platform for his stand against the United States of America.

 

Week 10 Of The NFL Was BRUTAL! – Look What Goodell Is Now DEMANDING


Published by ClashDaily.com | on November 13, 2017

With nobody showing up even for the BIG games, Goodell is focused on more important things, like building crazy perks into his own new contract.

Leadership like his, where have we seen it last? Maybe Neville Chamberlain?

Or would you rather compare him to Nero fiddling while Rome burned?

What kind of judgment and leadership has Goodell been demonstrating?

Well, he’s taken NEITHER side on the anthem issue, with the predictable consequence of angering people on both sides of the issue.

ClashDaily’s Big Dawg takes Roger Goodell and the NFL to task beautifully:

But while ten weeks in, stadiums are only about half-filled, even for big rivalries like the Green Bay and Chicago, Goodell is busy trying to line his own pockets.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly asking for a $49.5 million annual salary and a private jet for life in contract negotiations with league owners.
“That number for Roger just seems too much,” an owner told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. “It’s offensive. It’s unseemly.”
Goodell’s latest proposal also included lifetime health insurance for his family. His current deal includes compensation of roughly $30 million per year.
Source: BleacherReport

Because a multi-millionaire shouldn’t have to cover his own health care expenses, amirite?

How do fans feel about Goodell’s list of demands, considering he’s not listening to yours?

Judging by all those empty seats, you’re not feeling appreciated at all.

The only thing you’d need to complete the picture is a tumbleweed or two to go rolling through them.

 

Even the bars are feeling the pinch.

 

Disabled Veteran Refuses to Accept Award from NFL Team


Editorial credit: Mitch Gunn / Shutterstock.com

How’s this for awesome?

A real American hero, Retired Navy Cmdr. John Wells, who is also executive director of the Military Veterans Advocacy based in Louisiana, was chosen by the New Orleans Saints to receive its Peoples Health Champion Award for highlighting the “health and well-being of our military, veterans and their families.” It’s an honor to be recognized for the good work one is doing in their community to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors, but it matters “who” is bestowing the honor.

Which is exactly what Commander Wells told the Saints when he refused to accept their award.

“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” he said. “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”

What a spectacular response.

Over the last two years many of the New Orleans Saints players have been involved in protests against the National Anthem, the police, the President, and anyone else they deem worthy of their spite.

Now, the entire league is suffering under collapsing TV ratings as they play inside of mostly empty stadiums and they are beginning to realize that they could be hurting their own bottom line. So they find a worthwhile veteran and attempt to use him as a prop in their public relations battle to improve their image.

What did the Saints do when he refused? Did they display any class or understanding?

NOPE.

In fact, the Saints disrespectful response to Commander Wells proves that the entire event was simply a PR “stunt” attempting to win back a few of their lost fans.

Here’s what some classless twit in the Saints front office responded with:

“We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans,” the Saints said in a statement. “We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans.”

How ironic and infuriating is that?

The Saints blaming Wells for “sad and divisive discourse”? The Saints chose to protest during our national anthem, but Wells is the one being divisive? Wells focuses his life’s work on advocating for veterans in Louisiana, but the Saints are pretending that they’re the ones who truly support our military and our veterans?

It’s unconscionable and I hope the Saints continue to lose profits and games as this season drags on.

Meanwhile, if you want to support Mr. Wells and his efforts to help Louisiana’s Veteran community please click here to learn more about his organization and how you can help.

BOOM! Papa Johns Just BLASTED The NFL And It’s Delicious


Published by ClashDaily.com |  on November 2, 2017

If this doesn’t get you supporting Papa John’s, we’re not sure what will. Besides the cheesy goodness and delectable toppings, this company is sick of the NFL protests. Just one more reason to love them.

Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter, said that the anthem controversy is hurting his business.

Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.

The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.

Papa Johns has been the official pizza sponsor of the NFL since 2010. Schnatter says that the decline in sales is due to the close relationship that the restaurant has with the NFL, and cites ‘negative customer sentiment’ to that relationship. He is, therefore, laying blame for the loss in Papa Johns revenue right at the top of the NFL — Roger Goodell.

Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.

It’s hard to quantify the connection between the NFL and pizza sales, but Papa John’s did post disappointing results in the latest quarter. Its shares fell as much as 13 percent on Wednesday — the most in two years — after same-store sales missed analysts’ estimates. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also trimmed its revenue and profit forecasts for the year.

Schnatter has appeared frequently in advertisements during NFL games, including alongside star quarterback Peyton Manning, a franchisee of the chain’s restaurants in Colorado. Back in 2014, when Papa John’s posted a nearly 10 percent gain in North American same-store sales, the company credited its close relationship with the NFL and Manning for driving its business in the U.S.

Schnatter says that once the issue is resolved, he’s hopeful for the future.

This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago,” Schnatter said on the call. “Like many sponsors, we’re in touch with the NFL. Once the issue is resolved, we’re optimistic the NFL’s best years are ahead.”
Souce: Boomberg

FYI, Schnatter also donated to Donald Trump’s campaign for President, and he has railed against government regulations.

What do you think of John Schnatter’s statements?

Is the boycott hitting the NFL sponsors, too?

Should he be blaming the NFL for his revenue loss, or is there some other reason?

Or do you love it that he’s sticking it to Goodell’s poor leadership?

LMAO! Look What Cops Just CUT For This NFL Team – This Is AWESOME!


Published by ClashDaily.com | on October 24, 2017

URL of the original posting site: https://clashamerica.com/lmao-look-cops-just-cut-nfl-team-awesome/?

Remember what they say about Karma? The NFL is getting a stern reminder.

Colin Kaepernick started protesting against the flag and the anthem because he just couldn’t stand the racist police. Before he ‘Took A Knee’, he sat on his rump on the bench.

He explained why in 2016:

“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 told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
Source: NFL

Did he just say that police officers are murdering people because of their race?

Yes, he is. But it’s important to remember that this is where the ‘Take A Knee’ started — with bias against police officers — before it became a catch-all for progressive ideology including the ‘Gender Pay Gap’.

The NFL is fine with the anti-cop actions of the players, but not so much on some other issues.

Check out Doug’s latest video enumerating the issues the NFL isn’t so keen on their players raising awareness for:

Although many have forgotten what this ‘Take A Knee’ nonsense started over, there’s one group that didn’t forget: Law Enforcement officers. And officers in Miami aren’t going to let the slander slide. 

Florida police officers are upset about the kneeling protest, and have decided that they can protest NFL games by not working them. They are reducing the number of officers scheduled for security at the games.

There were a third less officers available for the Dolphins game on Sunday.

BAM!

Check it out:

Rather than 400 officers, just 270 were expected to help maintain order as the New York Jets played the home team.

As of Friday, only 175 officers had volunteered to work the game, requiring some officers to be forced into working. Those who worked will be paid overtime.

“This whole movement started against police officers,” Rivera told CBS News. “And now it’s morphed into disrespecting the flag and the country.”
Source: Washington Examiner

This, I believe, is the correct response. 

If the players think that cops are racists getting away with murder because the system is rigged — withdraw the police that are there to serve and protect. See how that works out.

Offended cops say it all has to do with respect.

“This whole movement started against police officers,” [Dade Police Benevolent Association President John] Rivera said. “And now it’s morphed into disrespecting the flag and the country.”

Miami-Dade Police released a statement, saying, “Any shortfall in volunteer officers doesn’t necessarily mean that the game will result in less safety.”
Source: CBS Miami

Miami isn’t the only place seeing pushback.

Last month, Cleveland police refused to hold the American flag during pregame ceremonies because of the kneeling clowns.

Cleveland’s police union will not be holding the American flag for a pregame ceremony for the Brown’s first game Sept. 10, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis said late Friday.

Union members had planned on participating in the flag ceremony for the first game on Sept. 10 until some Browns players kneeled during the National Anthem before a preseason game, Loomis said in an interview with cleveland.com.

The players not standing for the national anthem is offensive because of the sacrifices that people make that allows these guys to enjoy the success that they have, Loomis said. While they’re benefiting from protection of the flag they are kneeling in disrespect of it, he said.
Source: Cleveland.com 

And look at all those empty seats! Fans aren’t liking the protest any more than the police do.

The NFL is well on its way to becoming the league with No Fans Left.

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NFL’s Week 4 sees dozens of players kneel, sit, raise fists during national anthem


Reported by Fox News

Among the players who kneeled Sunday: half of the San Francisco 49ers. The team released a video of the athletes with the caption: “Together.” Their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals, stood.

The 49ers added in a statement: “For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have all shared the desire to influence positive change. Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same.” 

Protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” began last season when Colin Kaepernick, then a 49ers quarterback, took a knee, saying it was to protest social injustice.


Before the Sunday night game, several Seattle Seahawks sat on the bench, including defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Their opponents, the Indianapolis Colts, stood and linked arms.
 

Earlier, three Miami Dolphins players knelt before their NFL game in London: Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills.

The Dolphins played the New Orleans Saints, who won 20-0. Saints players stood locking arms, having knelt as a team shortly before the anthem, Reuters reported.

After the game, Saints coach Sean Payton praised his team for the show of solidarity.


“It’s a credit to our leadership on the team, and we just felt like they were going to meet and spend some time on it and come up with a plan and we were going to be really unified and I thought it went really well. I was proud of the leadership on the team,” he said.

Several players on the Buffalo Bills knelt, including star running back LeSean McCoy. 


The Houston Texans’ Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised a fist while Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews was not on the field for the anthem. He came out of the tunnel after it ended.

Nine Cleveland Browns players, including LB Christian Kirksey, raised their right arms with closed fists.

Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn also raised his right fist before the Rams-Cowboys game. Punter Johnny Hekker had his arm around him.

The Rams played the Dallas Cowboys, who returned to their usual pregame configuration: all standing along their sideline, but without arms linked. Last week Dallas kneeled in unison before “The Star-Spangled Banner” then stood, arms linked, for the song.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, as promised, stood on the sideline during the national anthem after watching from the tunnel last week in Chicago. With the exception of center Ryan Jensen and guard Matt Skura, the Baltimore Ravens all took a knee on the field before the national anthem and received boos from many in the crowd. The team then stood on the sideline after the music started.

Two members of the Detroit Lions—Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa—knelt during the national anthem, the New York Times reported.

Their opponents, the Minnesota Vikings — save for Jerick McKinnon — locked arms and stood for the anthem, the report said. McKinnon reportedly stood behind the sideline. 

The New England Patriots stood with their right hands over their hearts, and their left hands on their teammate’s shoulders, the Times reported. During the game, Carolina Panthers quarterback raised a fist after a touchdown, according to ESPN


“I did it to show black pride, because I am an African American,” Newton was quoted as saying by the outlet. “I wanted people to see the joy that I go out there and play with.”

New York Giants player Olivier Vernon kneeled for the anthem, and his standing teammates Landon Collins and Damon Harrison raised their fists, the New York Daily News reported. 

Marshawn Lynch was the only player who didn’t stand for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos’ game against the Oakland Raiders. Last week, 32 Broncos knelt and almost all of the Raiders sat on their bench during the anthem.

The Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee before the anthem, the New York Times reported. 


Ahead of the games on Saturday, Trump doubled down on his call for NFL players to stand during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a tweet.

“Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!” Trump wrote.

During a fiery speech at a political rally in Alabama on Sept. 22, Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who engaged in such a protest. In the days that followed, the president issued a series of tweets reiterating his views and calling for a boycott of games by fans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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What Mike Ditka Just Said About NFL Anthem Protests Is Pure American Gold


Published by ClashDaily.com | on September 12, 2017

URL of the original posting site: http://clashdaily.com/2017/09/mike-ditka-just-said-nfl-anthem-protests-pure-american-gold/?

The new NFL season started on September 10 with several players continuing the Kaepernick anthem protest. One coaching legend has something to say about that…

Mike Ditka has a pretty interesting take on the NFL anthem protests, and it encapsulates the American Spirit.

‘There’s a time for everything,’ legendary former Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka told TMZ when asked about Monday’s game on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. ‘Before a football game is not the time or place for it—period.’

Whoa!

Exactly!

Why do we need to politicize all the things?

Can’t we just have a football game without being lectured on alleged ‘systemic racism’ and identity politics?

That’d be nice.

I’m old enough to remember when Americans could put aside their political differences and enjoy watching a game together.

Ditka says that although he disagrees with the protesters, he says that it’s their right to not stand and that they’re ‘malcontents’.

This year, Ditka hopes to see all of New Orleans and Minnesota’s players on their feet during the anthem.

‘The majority of people are going to understand what 9/11 meant, what this country stands for, the values that we have, and they’re gonna go in that direction,” Ditka said. ‘You can’t stop everybody. There’s always gonna be some malcontents. So let them be malcontents, let them do their thing. They’ll move on. Nobody will think about it. Nobody will remember who they were. The fact that they didn’t stand for the national anthem, that’s their own right to do that. They have a right to do anything. I just disagree with it.’

Ditka’s hope for the Saints and the Vikings to not protest were well placed as neither team has been known to protest before. In fact, Alex Boone, a former Vikings guard, publicly condemned the anthem protests last year.

‘You have to show some respect, especially in this position that we’re in,’ Boone told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. ‘We’re playing a game for a living. … You see all these pictures of these veterans that have no legs and they’re standing up [from] their wheelchair. … It’s shameful.’
Source: Daily Mail

When it came to game time on the 16th anniversary of 9/11? Players on both teams were all ‘stand-up guys’.

Members of the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints stood during “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday night, opting against partaking in the national anthem protests that have occurred throughout the NFL. —Bleacher Report 

The athlete-activists that are making millions to play a game for our entertainment are disrespecting the many non-millionaire members of the military whose sacrifice has protected the flag and this country and given them the freedom to protest. It is also disgusting that these NFL elites continue to protest the law enforcement officers that are doing their job to serve and protect citizens while disregarding the problems that plague many communities in our country and make particular neighborhoods unsafe.

Ditka is right, though. You’ll always have malcontents and they’ll move on eventually. These players won’t be remembered anyway.

Colin Kaepernick should’ve put less effort into being an activist and more into improving his game. Do you think it was his political stance alone that has him on the outside looking in? Maybe it was his performance on the field that was the problem.

Don’t overthink why Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent. Simply put, years have passed since he was an effective quarterback. He is 29 years old, has succeeded only in an unsustainable scheme and is part of a well-populated group of former starters who also remained available as the week began…

…To blame Kaepernick’s unemployment on his protest is to misread the way NFL teams make personnel decisions.

While it would be naïve to think every owner and general manager approved of Kaepernick’s protest, or that it never influenced their perception of him, it’s important to understand priorities. Teams are swayed first by a player’s potential (or lack thereof) to help them win. Protest or not, Kaepernick would be under contract now if he had played demonstrably better in recent years.
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Look at him now — he’s an activist, but no longer a pro-football player. And soon, we’ll all forget who he is.

Instead of having Colin’s name on our lips on the anniversary of 9/11, wouldn’t it be better to be talking about the contribution of this guy?

He’s Pat Tillman. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you should look him up.

Armed Citizens May Be the Solution to Terrorism, Says Interpol Secretary General


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What do you do when terrorists turn from attacking well-protected government buildings and transportation centers in favor of anyplace that people may congregate? Specifically, how do you address bloody scenarios like the assault on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which killed at least 61 civilians? Well, the Secretary General of Interpol, the international police-coordination organization, says you either start providing “extraordinary security” perimeters around anything that might be a target, or else let people carry the means to defend themselves. Surprisingly, he seems to lean toward empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own defense.

In an interview with ABC News, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said:

“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

“Enclaves” translates as “any place people gather,” which could be a mall, a theater, a supermarket, a town square… That’s an awful lot of secure perimeters to set up. No doubt, plenty of police unions and politically well-connected private security companies would love to see that effort made, but are you really going to throw a cordon up every time a few people gather to chat about the weather or have a barbecue? Unusually for a government official (he was the Undersecretary for Enforcement of the United States Department of the Treasury, in charge of the Secret Service as well as the ATF), Noble obviously sees that as a bit of a daunting challenge. He adds:

“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”

“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'” 

Ronald. K. NobleInterpolI’d answer that allowing people to proactively respond to threats has always been a better idea that trying to anticipate what assailants might consider to be an easy target. You can’t fortify every gathering on the planet, and each security perimeter will still have potential victims within it for the enterprising terrorist who can penetrate “extraordinary security.”

The Secretary General, by the way, also called for tighter passport controls, so his comments weren’t a totally unmixed bag for those of us favoring personal liberty and autonomy. Travel has become an increasingly bureaucratic ordeal over the past century, and that doesn’t look likely to let up soon.

Noble (pictured at right) was first appointed to oversee Interpol’s day-to-day work in 2000, and his third five-year term is up in 2015. After voicing even measured support for armed citizens in a world where governments have never much liked the idea, let’s see if he makes it to through the full gig.Disarmed Citizenry

Update: Minneapolis police officers may agree, even by accident, with Secretary General Noble. They’re objecting to an NFL policy banning off-duty cops from taking their guns into stadiums. Without their guns, they point out, they won’t be able to respond to attacks.

J.D. Tuccille is a former managing editor of Reason.com and current contributing editor.

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National Guard paid millions to NFL teams for in-game soldier salutes


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During timeouts at home games, the New York Jets air a Hometown Heroes segment in which a U.S. soldier or two are shown on the Jumbotron and everyone thanks them for their service. The soldiers and three friends get seats in the Coaches Club. It’s a nice salute.

It’s also funded by U.S. taxpayers.

In news that was first reported Tuesday by Herb Jackson of the Bergen Record and expanded upon by Christopher Baxter and Jonathan D. Salant of New Jersey Advance Media, the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 for salutes like the Hometown Heroes segment and other advertising at professional football games. All but $100,000 of that money came from the National Guard.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called the spending wasteful and disingenuous, Baxter and Salant report:

“Those of us go to sporting events and see them honoring the heroes,” Flake said in an interview. “You get a good feeling in your heart. Then to find out they’re doing it because they’re compensated for it, it leaves you underwhelmed. It seems a little unseemly.” …

“They realize the public believes they’re doing it as a public service or a sense of patriotism,” Flake said. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”NFL Greed

Flake added that he has no problem with the National Guard spending money on recruitment advertising at football games. “The problem, he said, was spending taxpayer money on a program that, on its face, appeared to be a generous gesture by a football team,” Baxter and Salant write.

The story goes on to detail what the National Guard gets in return for its spending:

Aside from the Hometown Heroes segment, the agreements also included advertising and marketing services, including a kickoff video message from the Guard, digital advertising on stadium screens, online advertising and meeting space for a meeting or events.

Also, soldiers attended the annual kickoff lunch in New York City to meet and take pictures with the players for promotional use, and the Jets allowed soldiers to participate in a charity event in which coaches and players build or rebuild a playground or park.

The Jets also provided game access passes.

A National Guard spokesman said the agreement with the Jets helps promote and increase “the public’s understanding and appreciation of military service in the New Jersey Army National Guard increases the propensity for service in our ranks and garners public support for our Hometown Team.” A Jets spokesman says the team works with the National Guard just as it works with any other sponsor to tailor in-game advertising.

According to the report, the Colts and Ravens are among the other teams that have similar agreements with the National Guard. According to Jackson, the Ravens received $885,000 from the Defense Department advertising. Jackson also reported that the advertising contract with the Jets had yet to be renewed for the upcoming season, though a spokesman did not know if that was because the funding had been cut by Congress. Picture3


After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He’s now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post’s other Web-based products.
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While Domestic Abuse Thugs Mar NFL, Tim Tebow Waits For Second Chance


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Tim Tebow — I’m Still Training For The NFL!!!
Tim Tebow refuses to let his NFL dream die — telling TMZ Sports he’s back in L.A. to continue his training … whether he’s on a team or not. The 26-year-old hasn’t played a single down since 2012 … during a failed experiment with the New York Jets. Over the past year, we’ve seen him working out all over Los Angeles … mostly focusing on his throwing motion. Over the past year, we’ve seen him working out all over Los Angeles … mostly focusing on his throwing motion. And last night, while heading into Boa Steakhouse — Tebow made it seem like he’s still determined to make his NFL return … even if the odds are stacked against him.
Roger Goodell’s NFL is coming apart at the seams. America’s most popular league has been deteriorating for years under Goodell thanks to his ridiculous rule changes, obsession with London, his force feeding of horrendous Thursday Night games, and his erratic way of dealing with players behaving badly. That’s just the short list. Goodell is squeezing the love out of our game and his grip is as tight as one of his creepy hugs on Draft Night.
The recent domestic abuse charges against several players have finally put Goodell’s bumbling tenure as commish under the microscope. Horrific allegations have surfaced regarding multiple players. They are superstars, mid-level guys, and reserves. Their common thread is the mistreatment of others. Others being small children and women. Not unlike many of the victims of these thugs, the NFL has a black eye. Kind of makes you yearn for the days of Tim Tebow.

The former Broncos and Jets signal caller is still waiting for the phone to ring. The Florida Gators legend is doing a sensational job hosting on the SEC Network, but it’s no secret that the southpaw wants to be playing the game he loves, not talking about it. Sadly, after being mishandled grossly in New York, Tebow has not had another regular-season opportunity with an NFL club.

Arguably one of the greatest college players ever, Tebow also owns a winning record as an NFL starter. His dramatic comeback wins include a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was with the Broncos. All of that is irrelevant in today’s NFL, though. Tebow is blackballed because of his love of Jesus Christ, as Michael Silver reported. Criminals get multiple chances to return. Women beaters, child abusers, perverts, drunk drivers, and even a ruthless dog killer currently don NFL jerseys each Sunday. Even someone convicted of manslaughter got to come back. While that seems to be OK with the NFL, Tebow is seen as a distraction.cp 11

The all-out blitz against Tebow and his character has been hard to watch. Players and media alike have been relentless. They’ve bashed Tebow for being a Christian. That’s about as sick as the behavior of those players making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

While we’ve heard cockamamie defenses of Adrian Peterson’s “discipline” of his children and theories that Ray Rice’s wife “provoked” the running back, Tebow was ripped for simply loving the Lord.

ESPN’s Merril Hoge, a habitual Tebow basher, called Tebow “phony as a three-dollar bill.” That’s only one example on a laundry list of jealous, visceral remarks from the washed-up, boring broadcaster Hoge.

Writers have pleaded with Tebow to dial back his love for his Savior. Columnist Joel Mathis wrote, “most of us have learned to live with boundaries – to avoid thrusting our religion into arenas where it is unexpected or unwelcome. If you make a big sale at work, for example, you’re unlikely to bend on knee in front of co-workers and customers to start giving thanks to God.” Wouldn’t that be awful.

Far-left former NFL underachiever Jake Plummer had even harsher criticism of Tebow. “I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates,” said the former quarterback.

Jealous much?

An even less accomplished quarterback than Plummer also piled on. Brady Quinn was a teammate of Tebow’s in Denver and didn’t like being FreeSpeech1-300x204behind Tebow on the depth chart. So like Plummer, he took his shots. In a GQ magazine interview, Quinn contended Tebow was awarded playing time for non-football reasons. “I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that,” said Quinn. “Just ’cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn’t have any billboards. That would have been nice.”

Quinn belittled Tebow’s string of last-minute comebacks that propelled the Broncos into the playoffs, chalking them up to luck. He even went as far as to question Tebow’s character. “If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me,” Quinn said. “When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”

No, we don’t know.

Sounds like sour grapes from a guy who got passed over for playing time. To question Tebow’s motives when it comes to his faith is simply off base. Even those who don’t like Tebow as a signal caller can’t question his selflessness. If they do, their credibility is gone.

When he’s not covering college ball, Tebow continues to quietly lift the spirits of those who need it most. Through his incredible foundation, Tebow meets with sick children each and every week. Often no one hears about it. He does it because it’s the right thing to do. The NFL employs men who beat their own toddlers to a pulp. In the meantime,Tebow is going out of his way to bring some joy to children he’s never met before.

While the Plummers and Quinns of the world certainly come across as envious whiners, at least they put their names to their comments. Multiple players with the Jets and Broncos took shots at Tebow anonymously. That’s pure cowardice. One unnamed Jets said Tebow was “terrible.” Tebow’s response? Nothing but good will and prayers. Tebow keeps smiling. He’s living not for the NFL or praise from players and reporters. He’s living for God.

While still with the Eagles, DeSean Jackson told TMZ that he would pick his two-year-old son over Tebow. Why even make a comment like this? It’s hateful. Even if you don’t appreciate Tebow’s quarterbacking, are these barbs necessary? Tebow would never act so low. As far as Jackson’s two-year old… whether he picks him over Tebow or not, one thing’s for sure. He could leave his son with Tebow without worry. The same can’t be said about some others. Tebow visits young children in hospitals. Some current NFLers put them there.

The lamestream media and certain players have had a weird obsession with Tebow. While with the Jets Tebow played less than ten plays per game, yet he was slammed on shows like “Good Morning America” for his lack of production. Talking head Josh Elliott, who is now at NBC, used mocking religious imagery and snarkily told viewers that Tebow was “once hailed as a savior” before his “fall from grace.” Tebow has never been hailed as a savior. Tebow worships the Savior. He was misused by Rex Ryan and company. He never fell from anything. His purpose and passion is as strong as ever.

And while guys like Terrell Suggs make wisecracks saying Tebow needed “God to bail him out,” Tebow takes the high road. God has bailed him out. Tebow is on the road to salvation. He’d also be on the road to the NFL if a team would only see what’s right in front of them.

Tim Tebow is a gamer. He’s a winner. He brings passion and toughness to an offense. His running game is formidable in a league that is adopting more read-option schemes. And though certain players are judged on wins and losses but with Tebow it’s “mechanics” or “arm angle” even if his way works. Perhaps it’s his Christianity they’re really against.

Not every football man is anti-Tebow. Some are silent on the issue of his chances for an NFL comeback. That may be even more off putting than those who wrongly assess Tebow’s talent.

Few in the game have been outspoken supporters of Tebow. Those who have, however, have something in common. They are proven winners. Urban Meyer, Mike Ditka, and Jon Gruden have all expressed support for Tebow. All three are mystified as to why he isn’t in the league. All three have won championships. These winners know another winner when they see one. Tebow is blackballed.

Perhaps others should take a cue from Meyer, Ditka, and Gruden. It’s bad enough to have secular non-believers go after Tebow but when men of faith don’t defend him it’s inexcusable. Kurt Warner, a Christian, once told the Washington Post that Tebow should “put down the boldness in regards to the words and keep living the way you’re living.”

Really, Kurt? Mark 16:15 tells us “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’” I would assume those creatures would include Rams, Cardinals, Broncos and the like.

Even Chris Kluwe knows something is off about Tebow not being on a roster. The left-wing former Vikings punter and gay rights activist hits it on the head. Speaking on the Olbermann show, Kluwe said, “as much as we are polar opposites on the things we stand for, Tebow is the exact same way. There are backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now that Tebow is certainly better than–he could fill a role with a team. But because he brings this other stuff with him, just like I bring my other stuff with me, teams look at it like, ‘We don’t want it. We don’t want players speaking out. We don’t want players doing anything other than football.'”

Right now the NFL has players doing other stuff. They’re beating kids and women. But Tebow was a distraction? All that praying was too hard to deal with but those preying on the weak are worthy rehabilitation projects in the view of the NFL.

Just look at Tebow’s former division. Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Brock Osweiler, Matt McGloin, and Kellen Clemens are all quarterbacks on active rosters. Tebow is better than all of these reserves. Heck, he’s better than some NFL starters. But of the dozens of quarterbacks in the NFL you don’t need a long list to prove Tebow should be there. You just need one name: Charlie Whitehurst. Case closed.

Tim Tebow ‘s time in the NFL was short. Many remember it not for the thrills he provided on the field but for those who didn’t like his joyful expression of love toward Christ. That’s unfortunate. Tebow is a good man who played hard each and every snap. He is intelligent and skilled. He should be on a roster now.

So while Roger Goodell and the NFL must now deal with the disturbing accusations against Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer and others and the fallout from Ray Rice’s haymaker to his then-fiancee’s skull, we can remember a time not too long ago when the big “distraction” was a hard-working winner named Tebow, who just happens to love Jesus Christ. Tebow could take a page from those George W. Bush bumper stickers and billboards. He should ask the NFL, “Miss me yet?” They certainly should.

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Sam’s kiss was “brave?” Villanueva has a Bronze Star – now THAT’S brave.


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Written by Allen West on May 14, 2014

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And astonishingly enough, comments about Sam’s kiss with his boyfriend drew some football players fines and a trip to adult timeout. Remember when NBA player, Jason Collins, came out as openly gay and the attention he received? Front page covers and a call from the president himself.

However, has anyone heard even a peep about Alejandro Villanueva? Well, he was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles – a strapping fella at 6’9″ and most important, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, and a former Army Ranger.

The defensive lineman spent the past four years as an active member of the United States Army. The Eagles watched him perform at a regional combine in Detroit last month. He last played football in 2009 for Army as a wide receiver, converting to that position before his senior season. Villanueva served as the Black Knights’ offensive captain in 2009 and led the team in receptions (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (five). He began his career at Army as a reserve defensive lineman and transitioned to left tackle in 2008, starting all 12 games at that position as a junior.

Villanueva graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in systems engineering and was commissioned into the Army in May 2010 as a lieutenant in the infantry. During his first deployment to Afghanistan, Villanueva earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor for moving forward under enemy fire to pull wounded soldiers from an isolated position, according to the Eagles’ release. He later volunteered for the U.S. Army Rangers program and served two more tours in Afghanistan.

Villanueva will bring to the Eagles a sense of duty and honor and a toughness that goes beyond just playing the game of football.

Alejandro represents the best America has to offer and I wish him great success in training camp. Hopefully, this young man will have a distinguished career just like that of another Service Academy graduate, David Robinson of the US Naval Academy, who had a stellar career in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs and was affectionately nicknamed “The Admiral.”

Or perhaps that of famed Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach, also a Naval Academy graduate. Caleb Campbell of West Point, was the first Cadet to be drafted in the NFL IN 2008, 7th round, 218th overall pick.

Alejandro’s story should be getting the headlines, not the Jay-Z elevator beatdown, which reflects that worst of our character.

Johnny Manziel may have a Heisman trophy and Michael Sam may be a novelty, but Alejandro Villanueva has a Bronze Star, and trust me, that’s something special.

The Philadelphia Eagles will soon learn what the motto, “Rangers Lead the Way” truly means. Hooah Ranger! Army Strong!

“I agree General West. We do need to celebrate genuine bravery, military service and the educational accomplishments of America’s young men. Instead, America is more interested in celebrating a Sodomite’s kiss with his Sodomite lover. Anymore questions about why the morality of America’s children is so low? JB

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