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Shall #MeToo focus on a 21-year-old harassment claim against Peyton Manning, or the 44 accused NFL players?

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The latest wave of #MeToo, while it’s good for Hollywood and the media to finally clean house, has also led to some rather specious claims–bordering on ridiculous. Like the women who claimed 93-year-old former President George H.W. Bush groped them. This led Stephen Colbert to remark, “Who’s next? Colonel Sanders? Papa Smurf? Air Bud?” No, but a 21-year claim a woman has had against retired NFL star Peyton Manning is back in the news.

Jamie Naughtright is hardly coming out with this for the first time. In fact, in 2003, Naughtright sued Manning for defamation. Manning, under oath, on the stand, said that he was simply mooning a teammate in the training room while Naughtright examined his foot. It’s a classic he-said-she-said situation, and over the years, her claim has had no effect on the quarterback’s career.

Manning was 19 at the time she said the incident occurred, a quarterback at the University of Tennessee. Naughtright got a $300,000 settlement from UT after she left her job there, and also settled with Manning after the defamation lawsuit arising from his autobiography written with his famous father, Archie Manning. Now she claims Manning had “predator eyes” in her encounter over two decades ago, and bewails all the horrible things that have happened to her since that 1996 day in the training room.

I’m sorry, but sometimes the trope is carried too far. Sometimes a wave of righteous behavior sweeps some trash up in its foam. In this particular case, Naughtright has had her claims litigated not once, but twice. Once in a court of law with the accused under oath on the stand. If Manning was lying, that means he perjured himself. This isn’t like Bill O’Reilly, who paid $45 million (or more) to clear multiple sexual harassment claims, or Harvey Weinstein, who was such an inveterate serial abuser that he had a section about it drafted into his employment contract.

The Takeaway

Whatever happened 21 years ago in that Tennessee locker room is long ago and put to bed–fully litigated. If there are a bevy of women who want to stand up and claim one of the most-loved quarterbacks in NFL history abused them, then let them come, and we will see Manning’s career go where O’Reilly’s, Halperin’s, Weinstein’s, and now Spacey’s has gone.

Sometimes, we need to pull back a little and realize certain people will never give up on their quest to prove themselves right, no matter how many times they have to tell the same story over and over again. There are far worse people–in how they treat women–in football, some of them playing right now (Ben Roethlisberger, Ahmad Brooks, C.J. Spillman, Jordan Hicks, Ray McDonald, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Adrian Peterson, Brandon Marshall, and Johnny Manziel anyone?). Shall we focus on the worst offenders, and give up on lone avengers trying to prove a decades-old claim, finally getting her day on TV?

There Are 44 NFL Players Who Have Been Accused of Sexual or Physical Assault

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8qwpm4/2015-nfl-reportAccording to the NFL’s own Personal Conduct Policy, “it is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.” Therefore, in Broadly’s NFL Report, we’ve included incidents prior to players being drafted into the league, cases in which charges have been dropped, and those concerning a broader range of troubling behaviors toward women, in order to provide readers with all of the information necessary to decide if the NFL is living up to its own, self-imposed higher standards of conduct.

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  1. Douglas Olson

    October 31, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The NFL has “higher standards of conduct”. Really? They are really going to go with that?

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The Expanse season 4 is coming soon. Time to binge on the first three seasons.

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The Expanse season 4 is coming soon Time to binge on the first three seasons

One of the most commented on part of my list of 12 binge-worthy shows was having The Expanse at #2 ahead of stalwarts like Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, and Stranger Things. Invariably, those who complained about it being so high on the list were people who hadn’t seen it.

Don’t make that mistake. Don’t assume the show, which started on SyFy and is now being produced by Amazon, is just another run-of-the-mill science fiction hodgepodge of lasers and poorly conceived aliens. This show is political, dramatic, and tense without having to rely on scientific psychobabble to make its point.

News broke yesterday that Amazon will start streaming it next month with the highly anticipated season 4 slated to be released later this year. It’s time to get caught up on this show, but don’t binge too quickly. You’ll want to minimize the agonizing wait to see what happens next in season 4.

Here’s my review:

Binge-worthy show: The Expanse is the best sci-fi show on television now… and maybe ever

http://noqreport.com/2018/11/26/binge-worthy-show-expanse-best-sci-fi-show-television-now-maybe-ever/The stakes get higher with each season. Thankfully, the storytelling matches nicely with the series title. As problems are solved, bigger problems pop up. As opportunities are realized, bigger opportunities present themselves. The scope and scale of the series is expanding with each new season. This can be a problem for stories that end up getting too big because the stakes are increased as the story progresses, but it fits nicely in The Expanse. In fact, the transition from the initial answering of a distress call in season 1, episode 1 all the way through to the exponentially more encompassing problems faced at the end of season 3 seem natural.

What makes The Expanse so amazing is that it’s not a science fiction show. It’s a suspenseful drama with the future as the backdrop. It’s every bit as character-driven and emotionally satisfying as any Grammy-bait historical drama.


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Oscar nominations demonstrate how bad 2018 movies really were

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Of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards last year, I’d seen six of them before the nominations were announced. This year’s batch of eight nominees has two on my list to watch later and two that I’ve already seen. I’m nobody. I’m just a guy who loves watching movies. And the only movie I really loved this year didn’t get nominated, so I’m annoyed.

No, it wasn’t First Man. I didn’t see it and I’m glad it wasn’t nominated. I loved A Quiet Place. I’ve been meaning to write a review on it but I enjoyed it so much I want to do it justice, so I’m waiting to watch it again first.

As for this year’s batch, let’s see how some of them did by critics’ standards. Bohemian Rhapsody, which won one of the two Best Picture Golden Globes, scored a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Green Book, the other Golden Globe winner, did better with an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Both were Oscar-bait movies, so even an 82% should be considered low.

Vice, the politically charged hit piece on Republicans, should have been a darling among critics, especially with Christian Bale’s satanically inspired performance. But it rang in at an abysmal 64%.

The other five did well with critics, scoring in the 90s.

Oscar nominations demonstrate how bad 2018 movies really were

Still, there were no standouts. Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards would all be favorites to win if they went up against the eight from this year. Throw in Darkest Hour and Get Out as possibly better than anything in this year’s crop and it’s clear 2018 was a weak year for critically acclaimed movies.

Back to A Quiet Place. This wasn’t just the best suspense flicks of the year. It was one of the best of the decade. For it to be pushed aside for some of the dregs that got nominated is a complete joke. Was it political? Does Hollywood secretly have something against their soft spoken power couple, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt?

As we quickly approach blockbuster season at the theaters, I’m hopeful that there are critical gems being put forth that make up for last year’s horrid output. Hollywood needs an infusion of quality. We all do.


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US singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

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US singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not immediately comment on the complaint or say what Brown, 29, was doing in Paris.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.

The woman who filed the complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

One of Brown’s bodyguards is among the others detained in the Paris investigation, according to the official. Neither official was authorized to be publicly named discussing the investigation.

The detention was originally reported by French gossip magazine Closer.

Brown is best-known for hits in the 2000s such as “Run It” and “Kiss Kiss.” He retains a hard core of fans, including nearly 50 million followers on Instagram. He posted an Instagram photo Monday from Paris appearing to show him at a night club.

He released a new single earlier this month and has a new album coming this year. Six of his albums have gone platinum.

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