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It’s time to put more pressure on the NFL

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Empty Stadium at Kickoff

It should be crystal clear by now to the NFL that they’re hurting themselves by not taking the right stand on… standing. Their unwillingness to take disciplinary action against the spoiled brats taking a knee during their country’s national anthem is the reason for empty stadiums around the league.

It may be a little unfair to highlight the San Francisco 49ers as an example because they’re currently winless, but since they were the first team to allow a player to kneel when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem last season, they should get the most attention.

Here’s the reality: We can post all the pictures of empty stadiums that we want, but the NFL either knows something we don’t know or they’re stupid. We know they’re probably not stupid (not completely, at least) so that means they can’t be too concerned about the long-term effects of their bad reputation lately. The images may be misleading. The money may be flowing despite the bad press. We don’t know for sure. All we know is they’re not really doing anything about it.

The NFL is failing to do what’s right. Those who point to the 1st Amendment don’t understand that this isn’t a question of rights. It’s a question of an employer allowing employees to damage their industry’s reputation to their customers. This is very straightforward: Some employees are doing what a majority of the business’ customers don’t like. They should be disciplined. The outcry for such discipline has been loud, but not nearly loud enough.

Until the NFL takes a stand in favor of America, we should all completely walk away from the game. Focus on college football. Pick a different sport to follow. Play with your kids. Do anything other than support this behavior on Sundays. By watching, listening to, or attending these games, we’re saying that it’s okay for someone to disrespect this nation as long as they have enough talent to make it in the NFL.

Don’t let pictures of empty stadiums make you complacent. The power of the people over politicians is with our vote, but the power of the people over businesses is are money. They need our eyeballs to sell advertising, our subscriptions to sell to television markets, and our attention to fill the seats. Don’t give it to them. We’re not winning this battle. The players are still kneeling and the NFL is doing nothing about it. They haven’t felt enough pain from their unpatriotic actions. It’s time to turn up the heat.

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  1. Deserttrek

    November 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

    100% BS and so what regrading the anthem

    seems like ALL who are upset over the anthem never had a problem with direct taxpayer subsidizes to the nfl
    none never had a problem with the federal taxpayer paying for ALL of the security at the stupid bowl

    so the anthem is sacred, but nothing wrong with welfare for a multi billion dollar business?

    another clear example of mental illness

  2. Steve McFadden

    November 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    The nfl is dead to me!

  3. londe

    November 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The statement below is an excerpt of a recent press release from the new orleans saints. They attacked Veteran Commander John Wells publicly in the press simply because he refused to receive an award. He refused the award because the nfl disrespects Veterans.

    “Throughout Mr. Wells’ media appearances today, he has stated he no longer supports NFL football. That is unfortunate and disappointing considering the New Orleans Saints’ unwavering 50-plus year commitment to honor, support and recognize our servicemen and women and veterans. 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. We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse”

    “Our players have chosen to stand for our National Anthem out of respect for the flag, our servicemen and women and veterans in every game since our inception in 1967 with the exception of one game – the Week Three game at Carolina when a few of our players did sit”

    A few comments about the saints statement, they state: “unwavering commitment” then later in the statement they admit that players sat, by definition this is not unwavering, yes they wavered.

    In addition the saints admit in their statement that the reason to stand is “out of respect for the flag, our servicemen and women and veterans” There it is in black and white, the reason to stand is out of respect, so if one chooses not to stand by definition one is choosing to not to respect. No matter how many news media outlets say otherwise, even the NFL states they stand out of respect. NFL players are choosing to disrespect.

    Also they accuse Commander Wells of “sad and divisive discourse” just because he refused to go to an NFL game. Pretty low by the NFL saints to go on the attack of a Veteran.

    I will never watch another NFL game again, not a boycott but a choice why would I want to watch people and organizations that disrespect veterans? Why would I want to watch other NFL players that dont speak out and say this is wrong? Just because someone has a right to do something does not mean they should. So instead of watching the NFL go for a walk, spend time with your family, etc.

    This is a free country so of course one can protest but for one to say that this act is not disrespecting the military, police, and first responders is absurd. If you have a problem with the police then protest outside a police station or city hall, but never during a time to honor veterans.

    For example, let’s say I want to protest McRibs not being offered year round. So I’m going to start peacefully protesting by going to churches dressed as a clown every Sunday and loudly pray for the McRib to return over the pastor’s sermon.

    It’s not illegal. I’m being peaceful however the message is completely unrelated to religion it is disrespectful, ignorant and purposefully in poor taste in order to drum up as much controversy as possible for my personal cause.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Mark Levin lands Fox News show

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Mark Levin lands Fox News show

If you don’t know who Mark Levin is, you are either Gen Z or very new to the ranks of conservatism. Mark Levin dominates conservative talk radio. He’s a best selling author, and personality behind Conservative Review. Mark Levin is meticulously devoted to conservatism. Now he will dip his toe in Fox News with a new show Life, Liberty and Levin this February. The show will air once a week on Sunday nights at 10pm and cover a wide array of topics centered around Americanism.

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Mark Levin to host Fox News show

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/361332-mark-levin-to-host-fox-news-show-reportFox News announced the signing of nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin on Tuesday, whose new program will be called “Life, Liberty & Levin.”

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape. We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup,” Suzanne Scott, Fox News president of programming, said in a statement.

CRTV’s Mark Levin adds Fox show

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/crtvs-mark-levin-adds-fox-show“Airing each Sunday at 10PM/ET, Life, Liberty & Levin will explore the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens,” Fox News stated in a press release.

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While this is big news for Mark Levin and his followers, 10pm primetime on a Sunday night is hardly a major career move for Levin. He will still maintain his other programs. Perhaps, Mark Levin’s toe dip into Fox News may be a way to sign Levin onto a weekday night slot the next time Fox News does a shakeup. This seemingly insignificant time slot may be the beginning of a new conservative Fox News era, and perhaps a levelheaded conservative takeover of the network.

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Trump takes on fictional celebrity, LaVar Ball

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Donald Trump LaVar Ball

Three UCLA basketball players got themselves in trouble in China for shoplifting. Their stupid actions embarrassed themselves, UCLA, and to some extent America. Many celebrities have come out to scold these basketball players including Whoopi Goldberg. While Donald Trump hasn’t championed this move as much as the right wing, he apparently had the basic expectation of a thank you from LaVar Ball, father of the thieving LiAngelo Ball. Trump did not receive a thank you as LaVar Ball would rather channel his Trump-hatred than acknowledge that the President did what he didn’t have to do for his son. Trump’s used to that but still he fired back letting the world know he didn’t have to pull strings while on his trip to China.

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LaVar Ball dismisses idea of Donald Trump helping his son

https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/lavar-ball-dismisses-idea-of-donald-trump-helping-his-son/amp/LaVar Ball didn’t have much time for the idea that the President of the United States helped his son, LiAngelo, out of a potentially crippling situation for his basketball career.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hall were all caught shoplifting during UCLA’s trip to China to play a game against Georgia Tech. All three players returned to the States this week and are indefinitely suspended by the program.

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” Ball told ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

Donald Trump’s retort guarantees LaVar Ball exactly what he wants: More attention

https://sports.yahoo.com/donald-trumps-retort-guarantees-lavar-ball-exactly-wants-attention-182243192.htmlMost world leaders would surely have ignored LaVar’s graceless barbs or resisted the temptation to respond to basketball’s biggest loudmouth dad. Trump, of course, played right into LaVar’s hands by doing exactly the opposite. For better or worse, Trump is never one to let an insult roll off his back. The result is the most 2017 feud imaginable, one nobody wanted but perhaps everybody deserved. It pits two polarizing figures and shameless attention seekers who have risen in stature and prominence in similar ways over the past couple years.Some of LaVar’s marketing strategy seems like a pick and roll out of the Trump playbook. He floods the airwaves with outrageous comments sure to generate strong opinions in order to guarantee that he remains at the forefront of the news cycle.

One of LaVar’s most effective tactics has been to increase his own stature by trying to pick a ridiculous fight with someone more famous. He did it by insisting that the Warriors would be better off with his son, Lonzo, at point guard than Stephen Curry. He did it by saying he’d have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one in his heyday. And he did it by saying his three sons were better set up for basketball success than LeBron James’ because the four-time NBA MVP’s pedigree will tougher to live up to.

Trump may have landed a blow with his tweet Sunday morning, but LaVar is winning this fight.

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Trump’s frustration, though immature, is understandable. We are all human. Therefore when we do something that helps someone else out, we have a certain expectation for gratitude. These athlete-students could have spent a long time in a Chinese jail missing out on March Madness and possibly a quality education. All for what, being too arrogant to pay for something? Trump pulled some strings and got them freed. Lavar Ball should be grateful he got his son back when he otherwise could have ended up like Otto Warmbier or as some sort of  political piece in a geopolitical Chinese checkers match. This is a rare moment where we can’t blame Trump for his tweets seeing as he’s simply lamenting his frustration.

But I’m disagreeing with the perspective above, Trump has won this fight and argument. As far as fathers go, Trump has managed to expose his children to wealth and fame without them becoming delinquents. In downplaying the seriousness of the situation, LaVar Ball sees little issue in shoplifting, and comes off as having a boys will be boys mentality with the situation. Stealing is wrong. We need to instill in our children a respect for people and their property. And we also should say thank you when someone bails our children out of a mess they created. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should acknowledge those who helped us and not belittle their role.

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