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« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2017, 04:37:32 pm »

https://wdef.com/2017/09/27/allan-jones-pulls-ads-nfl-anthem-protests/
Allan Jones pulls ads over NFL anthem protests
9/27/17

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Cleveland entrepreneur Allan Jones is taking action on the NFL anthem protests.

He is pulling all adds for his companies, Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA, and U.S. Money Shops off of all NFL games.

Hardwick Clothes will also institute an NFL ban.

A couple of years ago, the company provided suits for NBC announcers for Sunday Night Football.

On Wednesday, the Cleveland millionaire texted us this comment on his decision.

“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T shirt, you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity. I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere. The next time someone asks the public to finance a stadium, this will have a very long term effect. These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases-that’s the only jury that will find sympathy!”

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« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2017, 05:34:14 pm »

http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=96953
Look what happened to two officers who took a knee!
9/27/17

Two police officers in Chicago have been reprimanded for kneeling in protest for an instagram photo.

fox23.com reports: Two black Chicago police officers, who were seen in an Instagram post taking a knee in support of the nationwide protests against police brutality, are being reprimanded for violating department policy against political activity while on duty.

Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the police department, said in a statement that the department was not going to identify the officers, and told the Chicago Tribune the photographed act of protest will be handled “the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies.”

According to its code of conduct, the Chicago Police Department prohibits political activity on duty.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined to critize the officers, but told reporters he understands why they are being reprimanded, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2017, 05:56:52 pm »

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/912772320120451077?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.embedly.com%2Fwidgets%2Fcard.html%23sid%3Dead92c7716c8431e8a1c476bd2855789
9/26/17

"Our country is an embarrassment in the world." Spurs coach Gregg Popovich slams President Trump's criticism of national anthem protests

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« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2017, 08:46:39 pm »

http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2017/09/27/falcons-to-lock-arms-encourage-fans-to-do-the-same/
Falcons to lock arms, encourage fans to do the same
9/27/17

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will lock arms during the national anthem and will encourage the fans to do the same before they play the Bills on Sunday.

“For us, we will lock arms together during that time, and we would encourage our fans to do the same,” Quinn said Wednesday. “I think that would be kind of a nice tribute as we’re getting started. It’s an important time in our world. There are a lot of issues that are really important to talk about, and we’ll spend some time and we have as a team talking through some of those.”

Most of the Falcons, along with owner Arthur Blank, stood and locked arms during the singing of the national anthem before they played the Lions in Detroit on Sunday.

Defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe knelt. Several other players stood alone off to the right at attention.

“For us, you know how many things we do together as a group and that would seem appropriate for us,” Quinn said.

He expects all of the team to stand and participate. He said he spoke with Jarrett and Poe, but would not reveal if they requested that they stand or if they were ordered to stand.

“No, we don’t,” said Quinn when asked if he expects any of the Falcons to kneel. “The solidarity … and I think it’s interesting to note … by no means was it ever a protest of the anthem. This weekend was a difficult weekend that showed I’m pissed about something, or I’m upset and I want to react in a certain way.”

Quinn said he never foresaw that he would be organizing a protest as a head coach in the NFL.

“As you go through different things, sometimes there’s history that gets written right while we’re going through it, and this is one of those times,” Quinn said. “How do we handle those situations in the very best way?

“What’s fortunate is that we live in an area where civil rights had a pretty strong foundation on our country for years and years and years, and we’re really honored to be here and to be a part of this as a team … and our best way to show how solid we are is by showing everything that we do as a group.”

One of Quinn’s major projects since taking over the Falcons has been to get the team to bond. He moved lockers around and broke up the offensive and defensive players. They often refer to their closeness as “The Brotherhood.”

“You’ve heard me say that I wish the rest of the world could see our locker room, and to understand that Matt Ryan, who grew up in West Chester, Pa., and Julio Jones, who grew up in Foley, Ala., they didn’t grow up on the same block,” Quinn said. “I wish they could see how tight they are, and the friendship that they share.

“Although Matt can’t understand and hasn’t lived some of the same experiences, he wants to support players and teammates like crazy, and I really admire that about our team. We come from all walks, different spots, different groups and we recognize those differences with each other.”

The team has discussed its diversity in team meetings.

“We talked about it in the team meeting today, where I talked about Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman, who grew up in Liberty City, Fla., it couldn’t be the same, but what I can tell you is how connected they are and the love that they have for one another,” Quinn said. “I think that’s really important for the rest of the country to see how it can be, and I often have told how close this group is. . . and the way they connect on the field. It’s a real brotherhood that they have, and it’s an example of what it can be.

“I always think they provide such a unique example for so many people. I’m really proud of who they are.”

He wasn’t surprised that Poe and Jarrett knelt during the anthem as a reaction to President Donald Trump referring to NFL players who knelt as “son of bitches.”

“There was a lot of people that felt a certain way over the weekend, and that’s OK,” Quinn said. “It’s OK to have those feelings and have those emotions. How can we best show what we can be and provide the best example for our community in lots of ways?

“I think there were lots of ways, some real reactions this weekend, and that showed all through the country. You guys were witnesses to it, too, but the best way we generally can show that is to do it together.”
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« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2017, 08:50:27 pm »

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_6b714690-a397-11e7-953b-0b40e1fb1d0b.html
Most NFL teams — including Saints — see marked drop in Facebook followings after anthem protests

BY JEFF NOWAK | Jnowak@theadvocate.com Sep 27, 2017 - 10:20 am

If a Facebook "like" is currency, many NFL teams saw their stock drop over the past several days.

Of the NFL's 32 teams, 28 saw a marked decrease in fan following on their team Facebook pages. The drop came after increased, leaguewide demonstrations during the national anthem in Week 3 prompted by several rebukes from President Donald Trump.

Many teams had players lock arms or raise their fists while the anthem was performed. One or more players on 18 different teams took a knee; players on five teams sat on the bench; and three entire teams remained in the locker room.

BY THE NUMBERS

Total Facebook following of NFL teams: More than 100 million
Top 5 drops in following: Steelers, Saints, Ravens, Seahawks, Broncos
Teams who gained followers: Cowboys, Cardinals, Eagles, Texans
No team lost more than 0.48 percent of total following
Saints lost 13,300 followers total
Saints followers lost accounted for 0.33 percent of 4,030,000
Saints following is down a total of 32,000 year-over-year
24 teams have increased their following year-over-year
Aggregate following across teams up 1,939,800 year-over year

In all, the audience among team Facebook pages decreased by 88,610, according to data compiled by Crowdtangle, a tool that tracks social media trends and analytics. All data is representative of figures accurate as of Sept. 26.

The three teams that did not take the field — the Pittsburgh Steelers (other than former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva), Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans — saw some of the most precipitous drops.

GRAPHIC: HOW EACH NFL TEAM DEMONSTRATED DURING ANTHEM

In the two days following the protests (Sept. 25 and 26), the Steelers lost a total of 17,400 followers, the most of any team, and the Seahawks' total fell by 10,200. The Titans lost 4,100 followers, which represented the second highest percentage of their relative total of any team.

The New Orleans Saints saw the second-highest drop of 13,300 over the two-day span (5,100 on Sept. 25 and 8,200 the next day). The totals for most of the 28 teams dwarfed the attrition totals for recent months. For the Saints, their next highest total of followers lost in a single day was on Sept. 16 with 384.

Saints players Cameron Jordan and Drew Brees have said they've been working on a symbol of unity ahead of their Week 4 game against the Dolphins in London.

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« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2017, 08:52:43 pm »

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/27/patriots-national-anthem-stand/

Report: All Patriots To Stand For National Anthem Against Panthers
September 27, 2017 8:21 AM

BOSTON (CBS) — Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.

A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.

Teams across the league had similar demonstrations last Sunday, which were mostly a response to controversial comments made by President Donald Trump about NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem. The president described such players as ‘sons of bitches’ during a rally in Alabama last Friday, also declaring that they should be fired for doing so.

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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2017, 08:57:14 pm »

http://www.wapt.com/article/jackson-naacp-to-ask-high-school-college-players-to-take-a-knee/12475758
Jackson NAACP to ask high school, college players to take a knee
9/26/17

JACKSON, Miss. —

The Jackson chapter of the NAACP plans to ask local high school and college football players to take a knee at their next game, leaders said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump on Sunday called for fans to boycott NFL games unless the league takes action against players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.
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Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night by kneeling on the field before rising as a group before the playing of the national anthem.

Jackson State University head football coach Tony Hughes, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said he has spoken to his team about the controversy.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/news/early-lead/wp/2017/09/27/aaron-rodgers-and-the-packers-urge-fans-to-lock-arms-for-the-national-anthem-at-lambeau-field/?outputType=accessibility&nid=menu_nav_accessibilityforscreenreader
9/27/17
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers urge fans to lock arms for the national anthem at Lambeau Field

If Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have their way, fans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night will make a statement during the national anthem, taking the show of unity into the stands and continuing on-the-field demonstrations that took place at games across the country into the NFL’s fourth week of games.

Rodgers, who stood for the anthem and linked arms with his teammates Sunday before the Packers’ game against the Bengals at Lambeau Field, hopes fans will emulate him and the team in what he says is a show of unity, “starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people” Thursday night at the stadium, which seats 81,441.

“This is about equality,” Rodgers said Tuesday (via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky). “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.

“But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity, and this week we’re going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show people that we can be connected and we can grow together.”

Packers tight end Lance Kendricks said the idea to get fans involved came from Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose brother, the Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, allegedly was assaulted by Las Vegas police after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight last month.

“Aaron spoke first,” Kendricks said of the Packers’ team meeting, “and he kind of laid it out and laid out the fact that he’s on our side and he understands the message being conveyed and trying to get across. And then Marty wrote a statement, and in the statement he said we’re going to lock arms and he’s going to challenge the fans to lock arms as well, so it kind of puts them in a position where it’s like, ‘Look, you’re either going to unite with us or you’re not.’ I think that’s really cool, because it puts them in a position where it’s like now we’re talking to you, so you make a decision, peacefully make a decision.”

Later Tuesday night, the Packers furthered Rodgers’s comments, saying in the statement that coaches and staff would join them.

“Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country and our world a better place,” the players said in part in the statement. “We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.

“Let’s work together to build a society that is more fair and just.”

The demonstrations during the national anthem, which ranged from players linking arms to taking a knee to the Cowboys taking a knee and then standing with arms linked for the song, took place in stadiums across the country in response to President Trump calling any player who kneels during the anthem to raise awareness of social injustice and police brutality a “son of a ****.” Trump went on to urge owners to fire or suspend those players.

Rogers has supported Colin Kaepernick, who started the anthem protests in the summer of 2016, telling ESPN that he thinks Kaepernick is being blackballed by owners. “I think he should be on a roster right now,” he said. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”

In that interview, Rodgers explained to Mina Kimes the evolution of his thinking. He intends to stand for the anthem “because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” he says. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”

Indeed, that was Kaepernick’s purpose, as he stated from the beginning. The protest wasn’t directed at the military; rather, it was to raise awareness of other issues. He may not be on a team now, but he started a locker room conversation and has increased awareness among players.

“I think the best way I can say this is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing — or any of my teammates have talked to me about,” Rodgers told Kimes. “But I know it’s a real thing my black teammates have to deal with.”
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« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2017, 09:07:29 pm »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/09/26/pat-tillmans-widow-says-trump-tweet-politicized-former-nfl-star-in-a-divisive-way/?utm_term=.76df38d97cc1
9/26/17
Pat Tillman’s widow says Trump tweet ‘politicized’ former NFL star in a divisive way

Amid a string of tweets disparaging NFL players for staging protests during the national anthem, President Trump retweeted another user’s post that invoked former NFL star Pat Tillman, who became an Army Ranger after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. But while Trump endorsed the message that honoring Tillman should encourage athletes and others to “stand for our anthem,” Tillman’s widow strongly took issue with it.

“Pat’s service, along with that of every man and woman’s service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us,” Marie Tillman said, in comments relayed to CNN’s Brian Stelter. “We are too great of a country for that.”

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https://nypost.com/2017/09/27/ray-lewis-anthem-kneel-starts-heated-shannon-sharpe-feud/
9/27/17
Ray Lewis’ anthem kneel starts heated Shannon Sharpe feud

Ray Lewis once told Colin Kaepernick to stick to sports and keep his social activism off the field. It’s a take that’s been echoed even before President Trump’s bewildering comments last week that players should be fired if they don’t stand during the national anthem.

But Lewis dropped to two knees with several other Ravens on Sunday during the national anthem before their game against the Jaguars in London. It marked the start of a league-wide protest against Trump, with more than 200 players and organization members joining by locking arms or kneeling together.

Lewis’ about-face shocked former teammate Shannon Sharpe, who himself was disgusted by Trump’s remarks, but also “disappointed” in Lewis, a close friend, who appeared to follow along with everyone else after previously speaking harshly against protest on the field.

That didn’t sit too well with Lewis, who claimed his kneeing was not a protest at all.

“I dropped on two knees, both knees, so I could simply honor God in the midst of chaos,” Lewis said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” Tuesday night, clarifying his Sunday actions.

“[Sharpe] goes out and tells someone why he’s so disappointed in me. First of all, I’m 42 years old with six kids. I’m a grown man, so to be disappointed in me really sparked me,” Lewis said. “Now, all of these people are going off of his soundbites of how he’s so shocked that I dropped on a knee to protest. Really? You’ve got my phone number, brotha.”

Lewis, who emphasized it was his “First Amendment rights” to kneel down, was seen next to other Ravens, but indeed, was the only one on both knees. He said that players should either “stand or pray, but not [on] one knee.”

Sharpe criticized Lewis on Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” after Sunday’s event, questioning what exactly Lewis was kneeling for.

“Ray Lewis sat in that chair right there and said that he could never kneel,” Sharpe said. “He could never not stand for the national anthem, because so many people died, and he had family members that fight for this country for the opportunity — and the flag means so much to him. And he kneeled. Not on one knee, on both knees. So what were you kneeling for? You kneeled, you showed solidarity, because of what President Trump said? And when Colin Kaepernick is trying to draw attention to the injustices going on, you deem that inappropriate?”
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« Reply #40 on: September 27, 2017, 09:39:01 pm »

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/world_nation/nfl-players-and-coaches-talk-trump-chance-of-more-protests/article_4744501c-69ca-51ff-aeac-21985b8d1731.html
NFL players and coaches talk Trump, chance of more protests
9/27/17

Three days after NFL players locked arms to protest President Trump's criticisms of those who kneel during the National Anthem, the topic remained on the minds of many around the league.

Players and coaches took podiums during the NFL's weekly media day to field questions about the protests and whether they'll demonstrate again this weekend. Trump, meanwhile, continued to hammer the league for its handling of the protests.

"The NFL is in a very bad box. You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country. And in my opinion, the NFL has to change or you know what's going to happen. In my opinion, their business is going to go to hell," Trump said outside the White House.

Here is what some players and coaches had to say Wednesday:

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin

"If an American can't air their grievances to the republic for which it stands, then where can they air their grievances? And when you have the President of our country basically saying, 'I don't want to hear your protest, I don't want to hear your grievances,' then I think that's where we have the challenge."

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

"Our President gets into the 'we' and 'them' kind of conversations and, you know, sometimes you wonder, who's 'we' and who's 'them'?"

Sherman added, "I think when you're the President of the United States and you're talking about fellow Americans, you always have to say 'we' ... or you become divisive."

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy

The coach said he would stand with his players in locked arms ahead of the Packers' "Thursday Night Football" showdown against division rival the Chicago Bears.

"I was proud of the players. .... They've put a lot of time and energy and thought into it. They've met. They've had a chance to discuss, each and every guy, to express his opinions. I think, like anything in life, you're never going to have everybody feel 100% the same way, but it's just something we talk about a lot as a football team. I always want to make sure that the why -- why are we doing this -- is explained. And you want them to have the opportunity to disagree... And I think this is an example of that. So the process that they've gone through, I'm proud of them. Their approach is one of a positive nature, and that's definitely the preference. So, locking arms and honoring the flag I think is a very good thing."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

"Certainly, I respect the cause and I think what you saw last weekend was a direct result of the President's comments. Unfortunately, he put all black and minority athletes into a corner and forced them to take action... I don't blame the guys for feeling like they needed to do something as a reaction to that.

"We want to find something that we can do together that shows unity and not division ... how can we do that in a respectful manner?"

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan

"It was like, 'Hey, you were sitting down for the National Anthem.' Of course I was, of course I'm in complete solidarity with the entire movement. But as I'm sitting my hand is on my heart, as I'm sitting my eyes are searching for the flag, as I'm sitting I'm singing as I have done every time for as long as I remember. At the end of the National Anthem I'm still kissing the flag ... that being said, it all starts with wanting to bring to light everything we have to go through."

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy

"See the type of words, things (Trump's) saying about us, I mean, it just got to me. It really did. Every week will be different. We talk about being together as a country, so it's the same thing with this team, we want to be together. And it's ok to express your feelings a different way, but I don't want to make it where every week we're addressing this, every practice we're addressing this, taking away from our job."

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor

"We've got to keep talking about it. One thing we're going to do here is continue to support the players. Like I said last week, after the game, we believe in love and equality so if guys want to keep doing that then we're going to support them, but we can't let that take away from our focus from this week's game. ... Last week was kind of a special moment because the President had said something two days before a game. But like I said, we can't let that take away from our focus this week on the football game."

Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle

"A lot of guys on this team were affected a great deal with what our President said, emotionally. And for a guy on this team that loves my teammates, it was hard to see. I was affected, but a lot of guys were ... it wasn't a good sight to see."

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

"Nobody's trying to pick sides. We're trying to stand by each other as brothers. ... Obviously there's a big time African-American influence in the NFL and those guys want to show support for their communities. And that doesn't mean they're picking sides. It just means they're showing support for their communities, just like any of us would, and our message is to stand by everybody on the team in unity and respect each other."

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson

"We've talked about it as a team. We love each other in that locker room. We support each other in that locker room. That's a few days from now. Right now we're focused on the Steelers, as we should be, preparing for them. And when that time comes, just know that we always support each other with whatever we do. "

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh

"I understand that there are injustices in our country and across the world. Our players understand that as well, but it's really important to make it clear that our players have great respect and great appreciation for the military, for the police, for the first responders that give so much to all of us every single day."
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« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2017, 04:07:55 pm »

http://www.theadvocate.com/article_ca86b20a-a469-11e7-b8ec-3f00c5028f3f.html
Fearing fights, Central High cuts national anthem from pep rally, then returns it after outcry

BY CHARLES LUSSIER | clussier@theadvocate.com Sep 28, 2017

Worried about potential fights breaking out if students protested, Central High School earlier this week decided not to have students sing the national anthem Friday afternoon at a school pep rally, but after a parental outcry the school will play the song after all.

“We’ve learned a very valuable lesson,” said Sandy Davis, assistant superintendent of Central public schools.

Parents in the suburban, politically conservative Baton Rouge school district took to social media Wednesday and Thursday to complain about the school’s decision not to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the pep rally, prompting the reversal Thursday morning.

The initial decision to not sing the national anthem was made earlier this week by Central High Principal David Prescott in consultation with Superintendent Michael Faulk. It was sparked by protests at recent NFL football games where athletes kneeled during the singing of the national anthem to signal their opposition to incidents of black men being killed by police.

Faulk was out of town Thursday, so Davis intervened. She and Prescott spoke and agreed that the high school should sing the anthem after all.

Davis said there was concern about having so many students in the school gym.

“We know that kids feel strongly on both sides of this issue, because they have heard from their parents about it,” Davis said.

She said the national anthem was always going to be played at Friday night’s football game, adding there are fewer safety concerns at the stadium.

She also posted a note late Thursday morning on the district’s Facebook page, explaining what was happening.

Davis told The Advocate that schools hold pep rallies regularly but don’t always sing the national anthem at them. In this case, the school released a program for Friday's pep rally showing the choir singing the anthem, but then changed the agenda. Davis said she thinks that’s where the news first spread.

She said all school faculty will be interspersed throughout the school gym Friday afternoon to prevent any fighting.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ray-lewis-statue-20170927-story.html
Extra security placed near Ray Lewis statue after petition urges its removal
9/27/17

Extra security has been added near the statue of retired Ravens star Ray Lewis at M&T Bank Stadium after he joined current players Sunday in kneeling during the national anthem, provoking calls to remove the likeness.

As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, more than 36,000 people had signed an online petition on change.org that advocates for the removal of the Lewis statue “because of his refusal to stand during the National Anthem.

“That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it,” the petition reads. “To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting.”

Given recent statue-related protests and vandalism, the Maryland Stadium Authority didn't wait until this Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to take precautions.

“There is additional security at the statue plaza at this time," said Rachelina Bonacci, a spokesperson for the authority, which is the team’s stadium landlord.

“Certainly observers can notice the presence of uniformed security officers at M&T Bank Stadium, which includes the statue plaza,” she said. “The additional officers and other security enhancements have been in place since Sunday afternoon.”

On Sunday, Lewis — who retired from the NFL after the 2012 season — knelt on both knees alongside a group of current Ravens as the anthem was played before the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

Many other NFL players took a knee during the national anthem in response to President Donald Trump's comments Friday that called for owners to fire players if they didn't stand for the anthem. Some teams didn’t emerge from their locker rooms.

Lewis said he was praying.

“I dropped on two knees — both knees — so I can simply honor God in the midst of chaos,” he said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”

The Ravens declined to comment on the petition. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne referred a reporter Wednesday to earlier comments in which he said the team was “hearing a variety of opinions — some showing disappointment with the players who demonstrated and others showing support.”

The Lewis statue — depicting the dance the player made famous as he entered the field — was unveiled in 2014.

Earlier, Lewis had advised Colin Kaepernick — the first NFL player to kneel in protest over racial inequality and police brutality — to return to the sport, saying: “Let your play speak for itself.” The quarterback became a free agent this offseason but has not been picked up by a team.
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https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/09/28/the-slow-death-of-the-nfl-n2387297?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=
9/28/17
The Slow Death Of The NFL?

I should say at the outset that I’ve never really been a big football fan. I grew up in Detroit and played hockey, so I love the Redwings. Besides, we didn’t really have a professional team in Detroit; we only had the Lions.

Jokes aside, I watched it nearly every week. Not intently, but it was on in the background because it’s easy to do other things with football on. Whether it’s cleaning, writing or whatever, there are long stretches of time during a football game where nothing much happens. And if anything interesting does happen the announcer’s voice and crowd noise give it away and you can look at the TV. If you miss that, they replay it immediately.

It’s the perfect sport to ignore while you get other things done. Now it’s become, for me, a sport to simply ignore – period.

I’m done.

HGTV was my refuge. Watching a marathon of real people get their houses remodeled was much more entertaining than watching pampered millionaires wrestle in taxpayer-funded stadiums while disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag.

Since I wasn’t a rabid fan the NFL won’t really notice that I’m gone. But I’m not alone. Through my radio show, social media, and life I have heard from scores of people who are diehard fans, and they’re done too.

More importantly for the NFL and the players, they’re beyond angry. Lifelong fans feel betrayed. Anger fades with time, but the sting of betrayal lingers.
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This was a foreseeable eventuality, akin to being hit by a train because you were playing on the tracks and refused to move.

The damage to the NFL began when Commissioner Roger Goodell chose to side with left-wing activists over the game in the hope of placating them and absolving himself from his failures to properly address domestic violence by some players.

Activist groups were vocal critics of slaps on the wrists for players abusing their wives or girlfriends. But left-wing activist groups don’t stop, ever. Even when something is (eventually) made right and harsher penalties were handed out. Because they can fundraise off of it and, equally as important to them, they hate professional sports.

Activist liberals always have hated sports, even when they use it. They hate competition – championing ending scorekeeping in youth sports – because there are winners and losers, and they hate meritocracy. If professional sports is anything it is a meritocracy. Only the best survive, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and all the other boxes liberals have created to divide people.

Professional sports has no time for any of that; there’s too much money in winning. And professional sports is a business.

At least it used to be.

It has evolved from an organization that fined Jim McMahon for writing messages on his headbands to one that ignored players perpetuating the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot.” From blocking the Dallas Cowboys from honoring five police officers who were murdered by a militant racist inspired by anti-police activists to ignoring Colin Kaepernick wearing socks portraying police as pigs.

It seemed like a league held hostage by Kaepernick’s racism; in fear of being called racist itself. Now it’s an enabler of ignorance.

Putting aside the ignorance of the issue, because it doesn’t really matter what the protests are about. The method is what is destroying the NFL.

There could not have been a worse target for a protest than the national anthem in a sport that has marinated itself in patriotism. Sure, it was paid for – nothing in the NFL is free – but they cashed the checks.

When Kaepernick chose to protest during the national anthem all people saw was a protest of the national anthem. That Goodell and his highly paid PR team didn’t recognize this fact and squash it like they did DeAngelo Williams’ desire to pay tribute to his late mother by wearing pink to raise breast cancer awareness is a testament to the fear and desire for self-preservation that has marked his tenure. You can’t claim to support the First Amendment rights of your players when you deny them the ability to honor their mothers or excessively celebrate touchdowns.

Yet that’s what the NFL tried to do. And it failed, miserably. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried to stop the hemorrhaging by kneeling before the anthem with his team, then they all stood for it. Would’ve been smart to think of that before, now, for many, it’s just too late.

I won’t miss it because I was never really emotionally invested in it. But the NFL has millions of fans who’ve happily handed over their hard-earned money for years who are now feeling like they’ve been conned the whole time. Maybe they were.
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http://newschannel9.com/news/local/cleveland-businessman-calls-nfl-protests-unpatriotic-pulls-ads-during-games
Tennessee businessman calls NFL protests 'unpatriotic,' pulls ads during games
9/28/17

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WTVC) - Check Into Cash founder and Cleveland, Tennessee native Allan Jones weighed in on the ongoing NFL national anthem protests Tuesday night. Jones posted to his Facebook page that he is pulling all commercials for Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA, and U.S. Money Shops during NFL games for the rest of the season.

In 2014, Cleveland business Hardwick Clothes was fighting bankruptcy and it seemed like its more than 130 years of experience might not make it another season.

That's when Jones stepped in to give the clothing brand a new chance.

In his Facebook post, he says not to look for Hardwick Clothes on the NFL either.

Cleveland, TN businessman pulls NFL ads

This week, WTVC NewsChannel 9 also spoke with former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, who now lives in Chattanooga.

Local former NFL General Manager weighs in on kneeling controversy: Allison Levine reports.

Nix told us he stands with those who see the protests as as a sign of disrespect. "I believe firmly in standing for the national anthem and being respectful to the flag in this country. I don't think there's any excuse for not doing that," Nix said.

A local restaurant owner also told us he will no longer play NFL games in his establishment.

Baxter's owner Matthew Wolcott says those actions disrespect American veterans.

As this story continues to develop, depend on WTVC NewsChannel 9 for continuing coverage.
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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/boom-nfl-ticket-sales-18-week-since-mass-anti-military-anthem-protests/
BOOM! NFL Ticket Sales Down 18% in Week Since Mass Anti-Military Anthem Protests
September 28, 2017

This had to hurt.
NFL ticket sales down 18% down this week.



BOOM! NFL Ticket Sales Down 18% in Week Since Mass Anti-Military Anthem Protests
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This had to hurt.
NFL ticket sales down 18% down this week.

Last Sunday over 200 NFL players knelt during the US national anthem on Gold Star Mothers Day.

StubHub announced a 10% discount in NFL tickets this week.

And now this…
NFL ticket sales are down 18% compared to last year at this time.
The Washington Examiner reported:

    The National Football League is feeling the impact of the “Trump Effect.”

    Ticket sales since he called on team owners to fire players who take a knee to protest the National Anthem have cratered.

    The online ticket reseller TickPick told Secrets that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall.

    From TickPick:

        17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.
        Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games.

    “We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,” said TickPick’s Jack Slingland.

Several Chargers players torched their shirts and jackets this week.

    NEVER underestimate an American's Love for our Flag.

    We stand UNITED in protest against the #NFL

    .@realDonaldTrumppic.twitter.com/hNLNo0pGBs

    — 🇺🇸Patriot 24/7🇺🇸 (@TrumpTrain45Pac) September 28, 2017
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/inside-the-beltway-incoming-here-comes-the-nfl-boy/
Incoming: Here comes the NFL boycott

By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2017

A growing population of sports fans is prepared to shun the National Football League following controversy over athletes who chose not to stand during the national anthem. The movement is escalating. Such hashtags as #BoycottNFL have emerged on Twitter, while there are not one but three Boycott the NFL sites on Facebook which have already accrued over 100,000 followers. One is asking Americans to turn off the games on Veteran’s Day next month.

News organizations in both Chicago and Boston report that local bars and VFW posts will no longer show NFL games on their premises. Bill DeFries — a military vet and restaurant owner in Beavercreek, Ohio — says he got “overwhelming” support from customers after imposing his own NFL ban. Then there is Schilling Distributing Company, a veteran-owned Louisiana beer distributor that is pulling all Bud Light products that use the NFL as a point of sale from their sales list.

“There is no need for us to ask our retailer partners to promote such controversial organizations to help sell product,” Vice President Charles “Buddy” Schilling noted in a statement.

Now there’s a call for a formal boycott of NFL games on Sunday.

“Protesting the national anthem not only distracts from the sport that pays these players millions but, more importantly, disrespects the men and women of the military who risk their lives to allow them that opportunity. This is a spectacle designed to score political points, and the public is sick and tired of it,” declares Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, which is now tracking frequently biased NFL press coverage.

“People tune in to football to enjoy themselves, not to have to subject themselves to attacks on our flag because spoiled players don’t like the politics of our president. The public needs to have its voice heard. This Sunday, I ask football fans to support our flag and turn off the NFL. One week without football to support our flag. We should not continue to give attention to players who refuse to show respect for our great nation,” advises Mr. Bozell.
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Nashville church shooting Silence for NFL PROTEST MEDIA BLITZ
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http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=97160
Look Who Knelt At The Tomb Of Unknown Soldier
9/28/17

Kneeling and disrespecting the country seems to be a common thing these days.

This protestor has taken it to a whole new level by kneeling at The Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

From American Military News:

A photo that has gone viral while circulating among the online military community shows a man at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, kneeling down on one knee reportedly during the playing of taps, and is sweeping across America, outraging thousands.

“Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States armed forces and is regularly played at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Not standing for Taps is incredibly disrespectful.

The picture is sparking intense outrage on social media. It is unclear exactly why the man seen in the photo is kneeling during taps while everyone else is standing, but most people online are assuming it is in protest.

If that is the case, it follows in the footsteps of NFL players’ protests – close to 200 NFL players and coaches took a knee during the U.S. national anthem on Sunday. The protests were started by football player Colin Kaepernick last year to protest what he believes to be problems in America, namely police brutality and black inequality. Kaepernick was not signed by a professional football team this year.

Protocol at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is that you stand, and many times the Soldiers who guard the Tomb will directly address people who are not standing and demand they stand.

“Someone actually had the nerve to [take a knee] at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That is the definition of absolute trash,” one Twitter user posted.
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« Reply #49 on: September 29, 2017, 10:56:31 am »

http://deadline.com/2017/09/packers-win-thursday-night-football-ratings-down-bears-national-anthem-cbs-nfl-1202179245/
Packers Win As ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Drop In CBS Season Debut
9/29/17

There were weather issues, national anthem protest concerns and a helmet-to-helmet hit from the Chicago Bears’ Danny Trevathan that put Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams in the hospital last night on the season kickoff of CBS’ Thursday Night Football.

Despite all that, and a 47-minute delay after the first quarter due to lightning, Green Bay beat the Bears 35-14 at Lambeau Field. The weather couldn’t slow the Packers down once the game restarted and, with players and fans linking arms in unity, no one took an increasingly controversial knee last night during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

However, it still was not a good result for CBS and the NFL as the matchup went late and delivered 9.9/18 in metered market ratings. That’s down 13% from the 2016 TNF opener on CBS and NFL Network when the New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills 37-31. In the first of five TNFs that CBS has this year, last night’s game was shown on NFL Network and made its live debut on Amazon Prime.

On a night of no competition from the other nets and with the matchup being shown live on Twitter, last year’s September 15, CBS kickoff game ended up with 15.4 million viewers and a 5.4/21 rating among adults 18-49. The start of the third season of TNF on the House of Moonves, those 2016 numbers were a 27% and 29% fall, respectively, from the 2015 TNF debut on CBS and NFL Network.

As for Thursday’s overnight numbers, the latest decline comes as the league, broadcasters and cable networks are biting already chewed nails over last year’s ratings and what could be coming down the line.

While ratings this year overall are actually up a tiny bit over last year right now, the 2016-2017 NFL season saw a nearly 10% decline from the year before. That’s a big hit for the big-money league, and the sting is being felt again with the likes of heavyweight Sunday Night Football hurting this year. Then, there is the increased political spotlight in the usually conservative NFL after President Donald Trump called for a boycott of the league and berated players for following now ex-San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick publicly protesting police brutality and racial injustice by not standing for the national anthem. Last night’s linking of arms by both teams was an attempt to deflect some of that attention.

Then again, yesterday also saw the former Celebrity Apprentice host tell Fox News that team owners have told him that they are “afraid” of their players, and it is up to the NFL to stop the “disrespectful” attitude towards the flag. “They can stop it,” Trump said on Thursday of the NFL. “They have rules for everything: You can’t dance in the end zone. You can’t wear the pink socks, relative to breast cancer…They have rules for everything.”

Unlike last year, the TNF opener on CBS faced some real competition off the field. ABC and NBC had the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy and the anticipated return after more than a decade of Will & Grace among their offerings – with both possibly seeing additional benefits due to the delay in last night’s game. Competition, along with those weather delays, that could prove a mitigating factor for this year’s opener’s numbers.

We’ll update with more TNF numbers and results of the other shows on the Big 4 last night when we get them. In the meantime, two things to take away from last night’s Packers-Bears game. One, it as up 6% in MM over the last time the two teams fought it out on CBS and NFL Network’s TNF on October 20 last year. Two, last night’s game peaked with a 11.3/19 in the 9-9:15 slot, just before play was stopped for almost an hour because of those weather issues.
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http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=97520
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Bob Costas has advice for the kneelers!

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Bob Costas has a suggestion for the kneelers out there, wait until after the anthem.

washingtonexaminer.com reports: NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas has a suggestion for athletes who want to protest: Stand for the national anthem then take a knee.

Speaking to CNN's Michael Smerconish on Saturday, Costas offered his "humble suggestion" as a " fortunate white man" to who he said were primarily African-American citizens involved in the protests.

"The idea of linking protests, no matter how legitimate the issue you are protesting, directly to the national anthem is not just offensive to the love it or leave it crowd," Costas said. "It actually causes ambivalent feelings, at best, among many people who are sympathetic to the issue, but see the anthem as representing a lot of different things including the country's ideals and aspirations. So, to me, perhaps the most effective thing to do would be to stand for the national anthem, but the second the last note is struck, take a knee."
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« Reply #51 on: October 01, 2017, 05:53:49 pm »

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/fox-news-announces-will-no-longer-broadcast-national-anthem-games-prevent-player-hijacking/
Fox Sports Announces They Will No Longer Broadcast The National Anthem During NFL Games To Prevent Player Hijacking
The first major broadcast domino has fallen. In response to crashing ratings, plummeting ticket sales, and a public backlash fueled by none other than the leader of the free world, Fox Sports has decided to cry Uncle! Becoming the first major NFL broadcast partner to publicly say that they will no longer air the national anthem.

10/1/17

The first major broadcast domino has fallen. In response to crashing ratings, plummeting ticket sales, and a public backlash fueled by none other than the leader of the free world, Fox Sports has decided to cry Uncle!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is how you get things done. Not broadcasting the National Anthem during the game takes away the players ability to hijack the moment for their anti-American protests. Agree or Disagree with Fox Sports decision? Comment below.

Becoming the first major NFL broadcast partner to publicly say that they will no longer air the national anthem. Instead, Fox Sports is now saying that they will go back to what they had done in the past, namely, not showing the playing of the anthem during game broadcasts, according to Newsday.

Calling this year, “one of the more bizarre starts to the season that we have ever had,” Fox Sports President Eric Shanks released a statement saying: “The standard procedure is not to show them because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff,” Shanks said Tuesday at an event to promote Fox’s soccer coverage of the 2018 World Cup. “So I think we’re going to pay attention to events.

“Who knows what’s going to happen? A lot of time is happening between now and then. But I think the plan would be to get back to a normal schedule. I think that’s where we sit today on a Tuesday . . . It seems like there’s more than 24 hours in a day now, doesn’t there?”

But liberal sports reporters are already crying foul with the move to “get back to football.”
Fox Ignores NFL Players Kneeling During National Anthem During Live Broadcast:

For the first time, players kneeling in protest were not shown during the telecast of the game. Fox Sports further decided to pull the plug on broadcasting the National Anthem at all to ensure that player protests would no longer have a forum.

Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing, for instance, is furious with Fox for taking away the players’ forum to protest against the country, especially because it will cut off a way to attack Donald Trump.

Yoder slammed Fox saying, “it’s impossible to go back to a normal schedule now when the NFL and its athletes are in the middle of a culture war with the sitting President of the United States.

“The anthem will be a huge story this week and likely will be throughout the remainder of the season as well,” the Awful Announcing writer insisted.

Clearly, Yoder and his liberal media pals want the turmoil to continue, want fans enraged even more, and want to give players who hate the country a platform to announce it to the world.

Yet, Yoder fails to realize something crucial to the equation: Fox didn’t decide to not air the anthem in order to sabotage the athletes in their “culture war” with President Trump. They decided to not air the anthem because the athletes have already lost the culture war with Donald Trump.

A fact that’s been driven home in a recent national survey which showed, not just how wildly unpopular the NFL protests have become, but also that most Americans agree with the president. If the athletes had won the battle of public opinion, and most Americans were either supportive or neutral to their cause, then the networks wouldn’t hesitate to show it. However, the athletes lost the battle over public opinion, bigly.

Which is why many teams are beginning to abandon the protest movement. Remember, despite the claim that these protests are not against the flag, the country, or our soldiers, that is absolutely not what the instigator of these protests said.

In his own words, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick specifically said that his protests were a stand against the U.S.A.

This is what Kaepernick said of his protests last August:

    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
    In his own words, he told us he couldn’t stand up for the flag or the country.

So, don’t fall for the revisionism. These protests are set to occur during the song that pays homage to this great nation, and the inventor of the protests was counting on just that to erect the platform for his stand against the United States of America. source
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« Reply #52 on: October 01, 2017, 08:07:09 pm »

http://truthfeednews.com/breaking-video-did-the-49ers-just-pay-tribute-to-colin-kaepernick/



BREAKING VIDEO: Did the 49ers Just Pay Tribute to Colin Kaepernick?
Breaking News By truthfeednews October 1, 2017

Well Colin Kaepernick is no longer with the San Francisco 49ers but that did not stop them from many of them taking a knee.

Was this a tribute to Colin?

Truly sad and disgraceful.

Kyle Griffin

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Several 49ers players knelt for the national anthem this afternoon. (via 49ers)
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http://www.news-press.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/10/01/nfl-protests-national-anthem-players-demonstrations-kneel-stand/721045001/
49ers' protest highlights scaled-back NFL demonstrations during national anthem in Week 4
USA TODAY Sports Published 1:02 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2017 | Updated 8:32 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2017

One week after protests and demonstrations swept the NFL in response to President Trump, players and teams continued with the displays on Sunday.

Approximately 30 players from the San Francisco 49ers, playing in their first game since Trump's comments targeting players who would not stand during the national anthem, chose to kneel together, though fewer players throughout the league did so this week. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted not to stand last year to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

"For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society," the team wrote in a statement. "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. Our demonstration is simply a representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems."

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions were among the other teams who had individual players kneel or remain seated during the national anthem.

The New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled before the anthem and then stood, while the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders collectively stood for the anthem.

Among the players to kneel or remained seated during the anthem were Seahawks defensive ends Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark; Lions linebackers Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin; Bills fullback Mike Tolbert and cornerback Shareece Wright; and Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who said he would continue kneeling until Trump apologized, was not on the field for the anthem on Sunday.

Lions owner Martha Ford asked players not to kneel for the anthem but said she would financially back their causes.

“As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues for the most part, generally," Lions running back Ameer Abdullah said. "Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country."

Raiders tight end Jared Cook told USA TODAY Sports that the Raiders decision to stand during the anthem was “influenced.”

Cook declined to elaborate on if it was coaches or ownership who pushed players to stand.

On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears stood linked arm-in-arm for the anthem.

The displays come one week after more than 250 players engaged in some form of protest after Trump repeatedly called for NFL owners to fire players who do not stand during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted on Saturday night, “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country.”
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These anthem protests could very well be a big smokescreen, to ultimately usher in legalizing sports gambling. Declining tv ratings, potential future declining attendance at games...the land is becoming desolate...

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/supreme_court_agrees_to_hear_nj_sports_betting_case.html
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear N.J. sports betting case
Updated on June 28, 2017 at 12:10 PM Posted on June 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM
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By Brent Johnson and Jonathan D. Salant

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey.

The justices, as is custom, gave no reason for agreeing to hear the appeal of a court decision that threw out the state's latest effort to legalize wagering on sports games. The case would be argued during the court term that begins in October.

The court in January had delayed a ruling on the case, saying it first wanted to hear what President Donald Trump had to say on the issue. His acting solicitor general, Jeffrey B. Wall, urged the justices in May not to take the case.

Wall said that New Jersey's efforts to get around the federal ban on sports betting by repealing state laws and allowing such wagering to proceed without regulation "is no different than a positive enactment authorizing such gambling."

The nation's highest court could make its announcement Monday.

Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming expert, said getting the nation's highest court to hear the case was the "No. 1 obstacle blocking New Jersey's path" because the court grants fewer than 2 percent of petitions.

"This is the closest New Jersey has ever been to legalized sports betting," said Wallach, a gaming and sports law attorney with Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "This is a sea change in the whole movement surrounding sports betting in the U.S."

Wallach said if the court sides with New Jersey, sports betting could open at racetracks and casinos by next June, in time for the 2018 NFL season.

State officials have sought since 2011 to legalize sports betting to help revive the state's struggling racetracks and Atlantic City's struggling casinos. Estimates show $150 billion is illegally bet on sports games each year in the U.S.

But the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the four major professional sports leagues -- Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League -- have sued to stop them, even as some of the leagues have partnered with daily fantasy sports operations.

At issue is a 1992 law that banned sports betting in all but four states, Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

New Jersey's latest setback came in August 2016, when the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in a 10-2 decision that sports betting is  "clearly and completely legally prohibited" under federal law.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), the lawmaker who has led New Jersey's fight, said he now is "very confident" of the state's chances of prevailing.

"I've been knocked down five or six times," said Lesniak, a 40-year legislator who is set to retire from the state Legislmature in January. "You get a little groggy. But I never give up. And I expect to win."

State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), who has worked with Lesniak on the matter, said the fact the court accepted the case bodes well for the state.

"If they had denied it, there would be no discussion at all," Caputo said. "This is very promising."

State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), another sponsor of the sports betting legislation, said legalizing such wagering would "spur economic growth and bolster our long beleaguered equine industry."

"These decisions should be made at the state level," Kyrillos added. "That's why this is an important case not only for New Jersey, but for every state in the nation."

Indeed, experts say a ruling in favor of the Garden State could open the door for states across the country to pass laws allowing such wagering.

Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin have all joined New Jersey's effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.


The casino industry earlier this month announced a new American Sports Betting Coalition to try to get Congress to repeal the 1992 law and leave it up each individual state to decide whether to allow such sports betting.

In addition, U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.) have introduced legislation to allow New Jersey to have sports betting.

"The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and acted in a referendum to show that support," Pallone said. "Both Congress and the Supreme Court should respect these actions."

LoBiondo called Tuesday's court action "a long time coming."

"I have long argued that legal sports betting will have a significant and positive impact on South Jersey, bringing tourism and tax revenue to the state and reinvigorating Atlantic City," he said.

The casino industry's trade group also welcomed the court action. Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association, which has launched a national campaign to legalize sports betting, said he hoped it would "provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps to create a regulated sports betting marketplace."

The cases are 16-476, Christie et al v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al, and 16-477, N.J. Thoroughbred Horsemens Association v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al. They will be consolidated before the high court.
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« Reply #55 on: October 04, 2017, 08:08:15 pm »

These anthem protests could very well be a big smokescreen, to ultimately usher in legalizing sports gambling. Declining tv ratings, potential future declining attendance at games...the land is becoming desolate...

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/supreme_court_agrees_to_hear_nj_sports_betting_case.html
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear N.J. sports betting case
Updated on June 28, 2017 at 12:10 PM Posted on June 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM
36

By Brent Johnson and Jonathan D. Salant

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalized at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey.

The justices, as is custom, gave no reason for agreeing to hear the appeal of a court decision that threw out the state's latest effort to legalize wagering on sports games. The case would be argued during the court term that begins in October.

The court in January had delayed a ruling on the case, saying it first wanted to hear what President Donald Trump had to say on the issue. His acting solicitor general, Jeffrey B. Wall, urged the justices in May not to take the case.

Wall said that New Jersey's efforts to get around the federal ban on sports betting by repealing state laws and allowing such wagering to proceed without regulation "is no different than a positive enactment authorizing such gambling."

The nation's highest court could make its announcement Monday.

Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming expert, said getting the nation's highest court to hear the case was the "No. 1 obstacle blocking New Jersey's path" because the court grants fewer than 2 percent of petitions.

"This is the closest New Jersey has ever been to legalized sports betting," said Wallach, a gaming and sports law attorney with Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "This is a sea change in the whole movement surrounding sports betting in the U.S."

Wallach said if the court sides with New Jersey, sports betting could open at racetracks and casinos by next June, in time for the 2018 NFL season.

State officials have sought since 2011 to legalize sports betting to help revive the state's struggling racetracks and Atlantic City's struggling casinos. Estimates show $150 billion is illegally bet on sports games each year in the U.S.

But the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the four major professional sports leagues -- Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League -- have sued to stop them, even as some of the leagues have partnered with daily fantasy sports operations.

At issue is a 1992 law that banned sports betting in all but four states, Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

New Jersey's latest setback came in August 2016, when the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in a 10-2 decision that sports betting is  "clearly and completely legally prohibited" under federal law.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), the lawmaker who has led New Jersey's fight, said he now is "very confident" of the state's chances of prevailing.

"I've been knocked down five or six times," said Lesniak, a 40-year legislator who is set to retire from the state Legislmature in January. "You get a little groggy. But I never give up. And I expect to win."

State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), who has worked with Lesniak on the matter, said the fact the court accepted the case bodes well for the state.

"If they had denied it, there would be no discussion at all," Caputo said. "This is very promising."

State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), another sponsor of the sports betting legislation, said legalizing such wagering would "spur economic growth and bolster our long beleaguered equine industry."

"These decisions should be made at the state level," Kyrillos added. "That's why this is an important case not only for New Jersey, but for every state in the nation."

Indeed, experts say a ruling in favor of the Garden State could open the door for states across the country to pass laws allowing such wagering.

Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin have all joined New Jersey's effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.


The casino industry earlier this month announced a new American Sports Betting Coalition to try to get Congress to repeal the 1992 law and leave it up each individual state to decide whether to allow such sports betting.

In addition, U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.) have introduced legislation to allow New Jersey to have sports betting.

"The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and acted in a referendum to show that support," Pallone said. "Both Congress and the Supreme Court should respect these actions."

LoBiondo called Tuesday's court action "a long time coming."

"I have long argued that legal sports betting will have a significant and positive impact on South Jersey, bringing tourism and tax revenue to the state and reinvigorating Atlantic City," he said.

The casino industry's trade group also welcomed the court action. Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association, which has launched a national campaign to legalize sports betting, said he hoped it would "provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps to create a regulated sports betting marketplace."

The cases are 16-476, Christie et al v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al, and 16-477, N.J. Thoroughbred Horsemens Association v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al. They will be consolidated before the high court.
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« Reply #56 on: October 04, 2017, 08:23:32 pm »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/poll-for-first-time-majority-of-americans-approve-of-legalizing-sports-betting/2017/09/26/a18b97ca-a226-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.31dca5b1edc2
Poll: For first time, majority of Americans approve of legalizing sports betting
9/26/17

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to hear arguments soon on a case that could upend the country’s sports gambling laws, for the first time most Americans support making wagering on professional sports legal, according to new poll conducted by The Washington Post and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

A 55-percent majority approve of legalizing betting on pro sporting events, a flip from almost a quarter century ago, when a federal law went into effect banning the practice in most of the country and 56 percent of Americans disapproved of legalization in a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll.

While the issue has been debated for decades, the coming months figure to be pivotal for sports gambling in the United States. With the Supreme Court agreeing to hear arguments on the state of New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports wagering, major stakeholders from the professional sports world increasingly have showed an openness to the idea, and some see a growing sense of inevitably surrounding an issue that was contentious and divisive not long ago.

“Literally, we’re at the 1-yard line, and it’s first-and-goal,” said Daniel Wallach, a sports gaming law expert and attorney at Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale. “That’s how close it is.”

The American Gaming Association is scheduled to hold a briefing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and public sentiment appears to have moved in a direction that could make it easier for the courts or lawmakers — or both — to reconsider federal legislation that largely limits sports betting to Las Vegas. According to the new poll, the increase in support is broad-based and cuts across most demographics, with support among men and women, young and old and those from lower- and higher-income households.

According to the Post-UMass Lowell poll, just more than 1 in 5 sports fans (21 percent) have bet on professional sporting events in the past five years, and they’re more likely to be avid sports fans, men, pro football fans, nonwhites, and under 40 years old.

Support for legalization is highest among the those who’ve placed a sports bet in the past five years (84 percent), and is nearly as high among fans who have played in a fantasy sports league (79 percent), avid sports fans (70 percent), men (63 percent), people with household incomes of $100,000 or more (61 percent) and pro football fans (60 percent).There’s little partisan difference on the issue, with 52 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats in support of legalizing sports gambling.

Opposition to sports gambling appears to be fading with older generations. In 1993, 29 percent of Americans ages 50 and older supported legalizing sports gambling, as did 48 percent of adults below that age. Today, 46 percent of those over age 50 support legalization, rising to 62 percent of people ages 18 to 49.

The evolution in public sentiment reflects a similar shift from many of the major decision-makers throughout the sports world, an industry in which gambling was once considered a cardinal sin. Professional leagues have either pivoted on the issue or at least made moves to acknowledge change could be afoot. The NHL will open its next season with a franchise based in Las Vegas, and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will be relocating there as early as 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has openly discussed legalizing gambling, as has Major League Baseball, which has partnered with Genius Sports, an integrity company that monitors baseball wagering.

“We’re in the process of talking to our owners and figuring out where we want to be in the event that there is in fact a significant change coming,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in July.

The evolving fan sentiment signifies a remarkable shift. Historic Gallup polling from 1951 found 38 percent favored national legalization of gambling on “horse races, lotteries and numbers,” and gambling overall has gained public support in the decades since then. A 1994 Public Perspective examination of public opinion found that while gambling grew in support, support for sports betting did not. By the end of the 1980s, in fact, fewer accepted sports gambling than they did at the beginning of the decade — coinciding with Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball in August 1989 after it was found he gambled on the sport.

In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which banned sports betting in all but a handful of places. But gambling proponents say hundreds of billions of dollars are wagered on sports illegally each year in an unregulated market, and in the 25 years since PASPA was signed into law, outlets for gambling have become only more accessible.

“As our industry expanded, we confronted a lot of fears, a lot of concerns, and what time has shown is that those fears and concerns were often misplaced,” said Geoff Freeman, the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association.

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http://thepoliticalinsider.com/oakland-raiders-threw-game/
Oakland Raiders Threw Game Over National Anthem Protest [Report]
9/29/17

If you were unaware, the Raiders are the only team in the National Football League (NFL) where 100% of their line happens to be African-American. And during last weekend’s National Anthem controversy, their offensive linemen decide to sit down in protest.

However, quarterback Derek Carr stood. And because those linemen have the job of protecting the ball and the quarterback, the Armstrong & Getty radio show are getting multiple reports that something serious happened at that game that fans at home missed.

The host opined, “So Derek Carr, who is never sacked, was sacked four times by the Redskins, (in) back to back (plays) on the second offensive series of the (Oakland) Raiders. The first series, he threw almost immediately and was intercepted, so that series was over before it began.”

Then he added, “Also, three times, the extremely dependable never does this [sic] center, the guy who snaps the ball to the quarterback, snapped it before Carr was ready, three times. He ‘hiked’ it, as the kids say, into Carr’s knee before he was supposed to.”

They are claiming the Raiders threw the game on purpose to teach Carr a lesson.

They wondered if this “throwing” of a game was just a one-time deal, or if there are other examples. They added, “If this story is true, you’ve got an animosity between a white quarterback and a black offensive line that you can’t fix very easily.”

The hosts claim to have an inside and “extremely reliable” source that can confirm the game is thrown. This, if confirmed, would be a legal nightmare for the NFL. It’s illegal to throw a game, and players could end up in prison, as Bill O’Reilly mentioned on his recent Fox News appearance.
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http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/10/04/personal-foul-videos-show-nfl-players-yelling-fk-you-fans/
10/4/17
Personal Foul!: Videos Show NFL Players Yelling ‘F**k You’ at Fans

Not sure this is what Commissioner Goodell had in mind when he emphasized community outreach. A pair of new videos showing several NFL players taunting fans, and screaming the “f-word” have been revealed.

The videos from last Monday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins show Redskins player Terrell Pryor and Chiefs player Marcus Peters going off on fans who were yelling at them from the stands.

In the first video, Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters responds to fans who were likely offering less than kind criticism after he gave up a 44-yard touchdown early in the game.

Peters is seen yelling out, “F**k you, b**ch,” and then slamming his helmet to the ground in anger:

The second video shows Redskins wide receiver Terrell Pryor, who erupted on hecklers as he walked toward the tunnel that leads to the team locker room.

Pryor is seen yelling out the “f-word” at fans while flipping them the finger and raising his helmet as if he intended to throw it. A Redskins staffer is then seen trying to calm the player and usher him quickly into the tunnel:

Of course, these sorts of outbursts are against NFL rules of comportment and players face several possible consequences including fines and suspensions.
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http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=98038

B-B-B-Boom! Look how many viewers the NFL lost since opening weekend

10/5/17
The NFL has lost 2.5 million viewers since opening weekend.

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League is continuing a steady decline in audience, with its fourth week of games having the smallest audience on a weekend when some conservatives called for a boycott because some of its players used the national anthem to protest against police treatment of minorities.

The Nielsen company said Tuesday the weekend’s nationally televised games averaged 13.8 million viewers, down from 14.8 million the week before. Opening week registered 16.3 million viewers and the second week had 15.8 million.
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